One in every two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. For many Durham Region residents, this means their sibling, mother, father, child, neighbour, colleague or even themselves, will hear the words “you have cancer”.

Simply put, cancer affects everyone and it’s the aim of Lakeridge Health Foundation’s new $20 million Our Cancer Campaign to have an effect on each and every resident, business and community group in Durham Region.

“When I got cancer, it consumed my family, it became our cancer,” recalls Miriam Mohamed, a patient of the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (DRCC) in Oshawa. “My family came to all of my appointments whenever possible. My oncologists, nurses, radiation therapists, lab technicians
– the entire care team – were there for me every step of the way. I was completely surrounded by people who cared about me and my health. That helped me focus on fighting my cancer. I’m alive today because of Lakeridge Health and my family and I am forever grateful.”

Lakeridge Health is home to one of the top cancer centres in all of Ontario. The DRCC opened in 2007, thanks to   a remarkable $42.5 million in donations from the community. It provides comprehensive cancer care and research, close to home, alongside many departments throughout Lakeridge Health.

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