WALL OF HOPE
Too many of us have had to suffer the horrors of cancer, either personally or through loved ones. Some are with us today and have joined in the fight to stem the growing tide of cancer. Others are not so fortunate. This page is dedicated to both – to remember those whom we love and miss, and to celebrate survivors and encourage them to continue the important work of preventing cancer.
THE ORIGINAL WALL OF HOPE CONTENT WAS UNFORTUNATELY LOST IN THE TRANSITION FROM OLD TO NEW WEBSITE. WE ARE INVITING PEOPLE TO HELP US REBUILD IT, AND ADD NEW TRIBUTES AS WELL! SO PLEASE SEND YOUR TRIBUTE (AND PHOTO) TO:
– THE PREVENT CANCER NOW TEAM
It is our honour to pay tribute to June Gilbertson, who died from cancer on July 25, 2009 while en route from the UK to Toronto, where she had happily completed a long-standing plan to visit her two brothers and other much-loved relatives overseas, even as her health deteriorated. June was one of those beautiful people who lived life to the fullest, who opened her arms (and home) to all comers, and who possessed a smile that lit up any and every room, reflecting a spirit just as joyful and brilliant. What a splendid woman! June left behind her husband Michael and their three marvelous daughters – Helen, Mary-Kate and Megan. Michael, an Honorary Director of Prevent Cancer Now, and our much appreciated science advisor, kindly suggested that June’s many friends and colleagues may wish to remember her wonderful life by making a donation to Prevent Cancer Now. Many thanks from all of us at Prevent Cancer Now. And love always to June, Mike and family.
Mary-Lynn Joyce Hope Grishko
April 17, 1954 – June 1, 2009
Loving and cherished wife of Lorne Miller. Daughter of Kenneth and Marlyn Webster (Peterborough). Cherished sister of Penny Webster (Sudbury) and Nancy Webster (Peterborough), and brother Ken Webster (Laura) Petawawa. Loving aunt of Trevor and Tyler Brown (Sudbury) and Derrick Webster (Petawawa). Best friend of Deb Boyer (Bob) Renfrew. Remembered by many other friends and colleagues in Ottawa, Halifax and Charlottetown. We will all miss Lynn and her wonderful smile and laugh, her ability to relate to everyone, her unending optimism and the way she saw the good in everyone and everything. Words do not exist to describe the great loss that we have all suffered with the passing of this very special woman. At the age of fifty-five Lynn had so much life still to live that this loss makes so little sense to us all.
“Now that I am gone…
Remember me with smiles and laughter.
And if you need to cry, cry with your brother and sister who
walk in grief beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone
and give to them what you need to give to me.
There are so many who need so much.
I want to leave you something – something much better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known or helped in some special way.
Let me live in your heart, as well as in your mind.
You can love me most by letting your love reach out to our loved ones,
by embracing them and living in their love.
Love does not die – people do.
So, when all that’s left of me is love, give me away as best you can.”
April 17, 1982 – June 29, 1999
You have been gone 10 years and …
Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same.
We have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name.
Sad are these hearts that love you.
Silent are the tears that fall.
Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all.
Missing you Showgirl!
In our hearts forever.
Love Your Family
To these 16 special friends, family members and others we ‘met’ while working on our cancer prevention book
who died too soon from cancer. “Statistics are people with the tears washed off.” Thank you for being the
inspiration for Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007).
– Co-authors Guy Dauncey, Liz Armstrong & Anne Wordsworth
Thanks, Mom, for all you do. We love you and are very proud of your dedication and hard work to prevent cancer.
– From Diana’s Family