SCOTIABANK® ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER - Toronto - 2018 - SCOTIABANK ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER 2018
Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer
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As many of you know, my daughter Julia fiercely battled cancer twice in her life. At the tender age of three years old, our baby girl was diagnosed with Leukemia. We witnessed a young child bravely face each poke, each scan, each hospital stay with incredible strength and courage. After completing two and a half years of chemotherapy treatment, our family thought that our dark days were behind us.

Unfortunately, at twelve years of age, our beautiful girl would have to travel a similar journey. Doctors told us “it was like being struck by lightning twice”. This time, the diagnosis was even more terrifying since we knew nothing about Chordoma; a rare tumor that affects one in a million each year in Canada.

Once again, our daughter would amaze us with her unwillingness to give up. She showed the world what a warrior she truly is.  Despite months of radiation, Julia would return to school and continue where she left off letting Cancer know it picked the “wrong girl”. Creating Julia’s Warriors is just one way we are showing her how much we care and how we will continue to fight alongside her until a cure is found.

Throughout Julia’s cancer journeys, our family and I quickly understood the importance of researching the latest developments in chemotherapy treatments, in developing safer treatments with less side effects and the importance of medical expertise, especially when patients are faced with a rare diagnosis such as Chordoma. We are confident in the work being done at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. We believe the team at Princess Margaret is making excellent progress in developing better treatments for cancer patients, but they need our help. We want to be part of the solution to ensure the future continues to be bright for kids like Julia and all others faced with a cancer diagnosis.

Like so many people who aren’t in the business of raising money, our team was a little daunted by the prospect of raising $10,000 to participate in Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. But as true Canadians who LOVE hockey, we knew we had what it takes to reach and surpass our goal due to the incredible support network around us. The team even amazed themselves by raising close to $100,000 over the course of four years participating in this event.

We are grateful to our family and friends who supported us during our journeys; who helped us in ways we cannot count and continue to do so by supporting Julia’s Warriors. We are incredibly grateful that Julia is doing so well, entering her final year of high school and looking forward to a bright future. One thing is certain, we will continue to support Princess Margaret Hospital and hope that we can eliminate cancer in our lifetime.  




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