Thanks to the incredible progress in retinoblastoma research made possible by Canadian Cancer Society funding, my son won’t have to go through what I did.
Stephanie Hermsen was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, when she was a baby. The treatments she underwent damaged one of her eyes and, as a result, the eye was removed.
Thanks to Canadian Cancer Society–funded research supported by the Society’s fundraising campaigns, more is known about the genetics of this cancer.
Stephanie is a genetic carrier for the disease and has a 50-50 chance of passing the gene on to her children. When she was pregnant with her son Liam, he was tested for the disease in utero and was also found to be a carrier for the disease.
Thanks to advancements in treatment, Liam’s cancer was diagnosed early, and sight in both of his eyes was saved. “Thanks to the incredible progress in retinoblastoma research made possible by Canadian Cancer Society funding, Liam won’t have to go through what I did. I’m much less scared of what the future holds for him.”
Stephanie and her family continue to proudly support Daffodil Month and Relay For Life. Money raised during Daffodil Month helps people with cancer and their families in communities across Canada. Donations fund life-saving research, such as the work Stephanie and her family have benefited from, along with support services and advocacy for public policies to prevent cancer.