I have had the privilege to meet and speak with many blood cancer survivors over the years. There were children, retirees, professionals, students, mothers and fathers – each one telling me about how they lived in constant fear and uncertainty, not knowing if they would make it through the day. I imagine it takes a lot of courage for a woman, man or child to face each day as if it were their last. Yet, even through the unconceivable suffering, I could feel their remarkable tenacity to live, love and thrive as cancer survivors.
Starting today, on Cancer Survivor’s Day, Canadians everywhere are taking a stand for those facing a blood cancer by signing up for the Light The Night Walk – Canada’s only event dedicated to survivors, patients and loved ones lost to leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease.
I will be at Light The Night Walk this fall, walking alongside cancer survivors together with their families and friends while proudly holding an illuminated red lantern in honour of all of those whose stories continue to inspire me. For the tens of thousands who will take part, the event reminds us all about our strength – how we keep on living, loving and thriving after cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada