Brock has been cancer free for over a decade, thanks to the support we received from the Canadian Cancer Society.
Less than a year after giving birth to twin boys, Lori Synes-Taraba found herself back at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ont., but this time for a much less joyful occasion. It was September 1998 and her 10-month-old son Brock had just been diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Brock needed to undergo an intense new treatment due to the aggressive nature of the disease. His family knew that by having his twin Conner by his side at the hospital, Brock might find the strength he needed to get through his treatment. The family travelled frequently between their home in Niagara Falls to the hospital in Hamilton so the boys could be together during Brock’s 26-month treatment. The Canadian Cancer Society’s transportation assistance program helped ease the burden of the family’s costs.
“Brock had 2 very serious infections during that time, but all he cared about was that he had his brother there with him,” says Lori. “The Canadian Cancer Society’s transportation service was invaluable to us, and I don’t think we could have brought the boys together as often without it.”
“Brock is 18 now,” says Lori. “He has been cancer free for over a decade, thanks to the support we received from the Canadian Cancer Society.”
The survival rate for the type of leukemia Brock was diagnosed with has increased dramatically since 1975 and is now 91%. It's thanks to our generous donors and the gold-standard research funded by the Canadian Cancer Society that survival rates for childhood cancer continue to climb. If you wish to make a donation to fund high-impact cancer research, please click here.