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Ms. Maria Leo

Goal: $2,000.00
Achieved: $2,338.00



If you are receiving this email then you are aware of the importance of this walk to my family and I.  A week after I walked in this event last year, my 53 year old mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.  This was a complete blow to everyone in our family.  My mother was and continues to be the glue that keeps our family together.  She has always put the needs of everyone else before her own.  So when we received this information, we were completely devastated.  Following her diagnosis she underwent surgery followed by 6 rounds of chemo treatments, bilateral masectomy, and an oopherectomy.  Despite the dismal effects of chemo, my mother’s strong faith helped her to remain calm and optimistic.  She never once let the cancer keep her down.

During this time, my mother discovered that she was BRCA1 positive.  Through her misfortune, I too was able to find out that I am a carrier. The wonderful genetic counsellors at PMH helped us to better understand the implications of this and the options that were available to us.

Throughout this journey, I first hand witnessed the impeccable care and support of everyone at Princess Margaret.  Everyone from the social workers to the nurses to the doctors demonstrated nothing but care and compassion. No wonder Princess is the 5th best cancer hospital in the world.  There are no words to express the gratitude I share for the wonderful experience that PMH has provided for my family.

With everything mentioned above, I will walk this year for my mother, a breast cancer survivor.  I will walk for the impeccable staff and service at Princess Margaret.  I will walk for all BRCA1 previvors.  I will walk for my grandmother who lost her life prematurely to ovarian cancer.  I will walk for all women who are continuing to battle women’s cancers.  I will walk for my girls whose future outcomes will be better because of the commitment and support of everyone of you!!!!

Thank You!


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