In March 2020, my mother, Amy Palluau, was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer. We all thought by the end of summer 2020, she was clear of it, and she was in the midst of planning to move to Ottawa to enjoy grandmother-hood with her first grandchild. Shortly after Thanksgiving, she had some devasting news. The cancer had metastasized, and anchored itself to her brain stem. Mom was very positive, and optimistic that she could beat it again. Unfortunately, after a great Chrstimas holiday season, she found herself again in the hospital, and the worst news was shared - she was paliative with less than 8 weeks at best. The cancer had spread throughout her body, and the brain stem tumor was growing. Mom succumbed on February 25th 2021 after a very brief stay in the local hospice at 66 years.
Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That means half of our family and friends will hear the words “you have cancer” at some point in their lives. Join me in taking action to help create a world where no Canadian has to fear this disease.
I’m determined to make a difference by participating in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life. This is a nationwide event that brings people together to celebrate survivors, honour those we’ve lost and show that no one has to face cancer alone. By making a donation, you can help fund Canada’s most promising research, vital support services for patients and their families, and other important work that could change the future of cancer.
I hope you’ll show your support, and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Relay For Life – it was a huge success! Our website is accepting donations until August 31. Keep fundraising to support Canadians facing cancer – they need us year-round.