PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT


Watch this space to meet your fellow teammates and learn more about why they are committed to raising funds for personalized cancer medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  
 
If you would like to see you and/or your team profiled here, please contact runorwalk@thepmcf.ca or call us for details at 416.946.6584. 


Maureen Daniels
Coordinator, The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Head for a Cure Participant Since 2003
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For almost 18 years I have had the privilege to work at The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre.  Every day I am inspired and amazed by the strength and courage our patients and families display as they live with their brain tumour diagnosis.  I am equally touched by the energy and dedication that my colleagues put into helping our patients and families.
 
Our Patient & Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) continues to work tirelessly at organizing our Head for a Cure  5K walk, in order to raise funds to support a variety of programs and services that are unique to The Pencer Centre.
 
I am so pleased to be able to participate in this event!  If you would like to make a donation to my fundraising efforts, I would be very grateful.  Simply follow the link to my personal fundraising page. 
 
With thanks and gratitude,
 
Maureen


Sonia Silva
Administrative Assistant, The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Head for a Cure Participant Since 2015
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I am participating in the Journey to Conquer Cancer- Run or Walk and raising funds for The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Centre Brain Tumor Centre at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on June 19, 2016.
 
I have been working at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre for approximately 18 years.  I have made many connections with patients but I have never been truly amazed until I joined The Gerry & Nancy Brain Tumor Centre.  I talk to patients' on a daily basis and I am truly amazed to see how much perseverance these patients have.  They keep fighting every day and it's amazing to see.
 
My way of giving back is by joining the Head for a Cure Walk!  I hope my contribution can make a difference in their lives like they have in mine.
 
Thank you for supporting me!

Best,

Sonia
 

Bonnie Anderson
Team: Andy’s Champions
Head for a Cure Participant Since 2008
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In March of 2006, Andy began experiencing balance issues, something that was unusual for a man who was an avid sports enthusiast and loved activity. Andy was an award winning professor at OISE, University of Toronto with a passionate devotion to teaching. His research projects on health promoting schools took him around the world and he was known as a leader in his field. Andy's motto was that "Every child is a champion", a pronouncement that every child has special, unique talents. Further tests revealed it was a brain tumor a diagnosis that turned our lives upside down.
 
Accepting this illness was extremely difficult. Luckily, Andy was referred to the Pencer Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital. On one of our darkest days we sought out more information at the center. There, we entered a beautiful, calm and peaceful area with welcoming staff. Meeting Maureen Daniels, Coordinator of the Pencer Centre, who was able to speak frankly with us and yet, give us hope to carry on was timely. To us, it felt like we had been rescued briefly from the storm.
 
In October 2006, Andy participated in the Head For A Cure Walk/Run as we cheered him on. It was his way of not letting the disease define him. Andy's belief was about "Care for self, care for others and care for the environment." and it was a statement that he lived his life by. Andy lost his courageous battle with cancer in August of 2007. We had lost our "Champion, a giant to all who knew him." To carry on his legacy a team of family and friends was created, aptly named "Andy's Champions".