Having the Canadian Cancer Society provide support and fund research is beyond important.
Sarah Metcalfe, 58, has been affected by cancer far too many times.
With 8 family members having been diagnosed with cancer before her, and Sarah receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in 2011, her reaction each time was “not again.” Along with aunts, uncles and her father having cancer in the past, her husband also had bone cancer in his early 30s. Soon after Sarah’s breast cancer diagnosis, her mother was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma.
“For our family, all our cancers have been unrelated, not hereditary,” says Sarah. “My journey with cancer started when I was young and my aunt passed away from breast cancer. But the good news is that 45 years later I’m seeing so much progress against the disease.”
After her own diagnosis, Sarah was invited to participate in the Survivors’ Victory Lap at Relay For Life. She has been a volunteer and participant at the event ever since.
“A volunteer told me I’d been a survivor since the very first day I was diagnosed with cancer,” Sarah says. “I walked that year with no hair and my husband by my side. The whole experience was so touching. This disease is so difficult to deal with, and having the Canadian Cancer Society provide support and fund research is beyond important.”