Canadian Cancer Society honours Dr. Robin McGee with the national Medal of Courage

29 April 2015

Halifax -

Canadian Cancer Society honours Dr. Robin McGee with the national Medal of Courage


Port Williams cancer survivor’s contribution to cancer care inspires others


The Canadian Cancer Society presented its highest honour, the Medal of Courage, to Nova Scotian Dr. Robin McGee this morning at its first Annual Daffodil Breakfast. Dr. McGee was presented the Medal of Courage by the Honourable Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness.

“The Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer Society considers itself very fortunate to have Robin as a supporter and volunteer. Her work with the Society and various boards across the province is improving cancer care for all Nova Scotians,” said Barbara Stead Coyle, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division.

Dr. McGee is a registered clinical psychologist who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010. Since entering remission, she has been very active as a CancerConnection volunteer, Relay For Life participant and Canadian Cancer Society ambassador. Apart from her work with the Society, Robin is also heavily involved in patient advocacy, serving as the patient representative on several provincial and national initiatives aimed at improving standards of cancer care.

Her commitment to sharing her very personal cancer journey was evident when she self-published her own book The Cancer Olympics. Dr. McGee ran the risk of not making enough money to cover the cost of printing by offering the Society a portion of the proceeds. Always thinking of others, Robin just wanted the funds to support cancer patients.

Robin’s harrowing cancer story and her success in advocating for FOLFOX on behalf of other patients is detailed in her first book, The Cancer Olympics, available online at and


About the Medal of Courage

The Medal of Courage is presented annually to a Society volunteer who demonstrated exceptional courage in their personal battle with cancer or as a caregiver to someone who has had cancer; and in doing so, serves as an inspiration and role model to others.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).



Heather Creighton Spriet

Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division

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