Chloe Poirier

Offering a helping hand to a family in need

Marj and Chloe Poirier
If it were not for the Society, I’m not sure how we could have managed.

Chloe Poirier’s diagnosis of myofibroblastic sarcoma shortly before her 2nd birthday launched her and her parents, Marj and Andrew, into a cancer world far from their Kenora home. With no pediatric oncology program in their area, Marj and Chloe must travel to Toronto or Winnipeg for surgeries, tests, scans and appointments.

A social worker at Sick Kids Hospital told Marj about the Canadian Cancer Society’s transportation program, designed to help patients and families get to and from appointments, assist with travel-related expenses and help them find appropriate accommodations while their loved ones are undergoing treatment.

The program was a lifesaver for the Poirier family. “I can just make the phone call and it’s taken care of – they book our flights, rides from the airport, sometimes even a place to stay,” says Marj. “The Northern Travel Grant covers the cost of air travel, but waiting for the travel grant to be approved and issued takes almost two months. During that time, Chloe and I may have had to travel to Toronto two or three times.

“If it weren't for the Cancer Society, I am not sure how we could have managed these trips.”

Marj adds, “It is the human aspect of the Canadian Cancer Society that has had a profound effect on us. It may not seem like a big thing from the outside looking in, but to those of us dealing with cancer, it is. Knowing that there is one less thing that we have to worry about is difficult to put into words. Any weight that can be lifted off our family's shoulders is a good, good feeling.”

The Society’s transportation program is just one of the many resources made possible by funds raised through Daffodil Month and the Canadian Cancer Society’s other fundraising activities.