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Sylvia and Gord’s Gift

“I have stage four cancer but I’m still here,” says 80-year-old Sylvia who has been living with non-Hodgkin lymphoma since the year 2000. Thanks to donors’ investment in local cancer research, today Sylvia is thriving.

With her husband Gord by her side, Sylvia has been coming to CancerCare Manitoba for treatments for over 20 years. It hasn’t been an easy road. She has undergone intense chemotherapy treatments, experienced difficult side effects and allergic reactions and on more than one occasion, required blood transfusions to save her life. Still, she has remained positive and committed to living life to the fullest.

In 2019, after almost 20 years of treatment, Sylvia’s chemotherapy stopped working. Sylvia and Gord were understandably extremely anxious to find another treatment option.

They were relieved to learn that thanks to years of donor-funded research, personalized approaches to treating cancer and blood disorders had advanced significantly. Advances in genomics and precision medicine gave them a renewed sense of hope.

To honour the care they have both received, Sylvia and Gord joined the More Tomorrows Legacy Circle by including CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in their wills.

“Everyone treats us so well at CancerCare Manitoba,” said Sylvia. “They are all like family to me now. I wanted to honour the great care I have received and the many great friends I have made with a gift in my will. Gord and I felt good knowing that our gift to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is invested here in Manitoba.”

If you would like information about including a gift in your will, or how to include a gift, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  

Monique Gauthier
Development Manager