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First Connection Volunteer Training

I believe hope is the best thing I can give the people I am connected with through First Connection. I am able to share my experience, answer questions and help newly diagnosed patients to understand what they're feeling is normal.

- Linda Lawhorn
Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program VolunteerHave you survived a blood cancer? Did you stand alongside someone touched by the disease? 

Help make a difference in the lives of those touched by a blood cancer by join ...

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A little about me:

I’ve lived in Halifax all my life and my husband and I are fortunate to have two beautiful adult children, a son and a daughter. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and like to spend time walking, swimming, camping and traveling. Reading, sewing and rug hooking can keep me busy when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

My experience with blood cancer:

I was diagnosed with CLL in August 2009 through routine blood work and was ...

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Mark Barrenechea

OpenText CEO & CTO
Co-Chair, Light the Night TorontoOn Living: Why I’m Walking in Light The Night


There are moments in life that reveal your nature. They challenge your perspective and leave you forever changed. That moment for me came on Valentine’s Day in 2015. After a busy day, I was overcome with exhaustion to the point where I couldn’t even walk. For the first time ever, I dialed 9-1-1. Those three numbers triggered a sequence of events that woul ...

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My friend in Phils died with this disease.

I'm a mother of 2 Autistic Children. I feel alive every time I volunteer. This fundraising event is my 6th event that I volunteer last year!

The most memorable moment for me is witnessing when families come together to fundraise as a whole.

It inspired me that my situation is not too bad at all. I can't complain because I saw children with Leukemia who are so full of life. Its a lifelong blessing to volunteer for the event; Unforgettable m ...

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