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Telling Our Story: Why prevention? We do it for love!

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Mary-Martha Hale and Don Desnoyers have been touched – no, hit – by cancer more than most of us. They believe prevention is the only answer, and have decided to throw their support behind Prevent Cancer Now’s fundraising efforts. Watch their progress in this year’s Cancer Prevention Challenge, which begins in British Columbia in March and rolls on through the country. Mary-Martha and Don will be cycling in Ontario. Details will be on the PCN website shortly.

Here’s Mary-Martha’s story:

I lost my father, my sister and my aunt to cancer. My niece underwent treatment for leukemia at the age of 15 and my sister-in-law is in treatment. Don’s brother died of it, and his two sisters went through the brutality of cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. One of Don’s sisters has since had a recurrence and is in palliative care and his Dad was recently diagnosed. Of 18 immediate family members, we have had to watch six experience the horrors of cancer, along with others. We have mourned the deaths of four of them, and prepare for the loss of another loved one.

Since 1988, Don and I have supported cancer research. In recent years, though, we have tired of the search for a cure. We don’t want to cure cancer anymore. We want to prevent it.

As a young kinesiology graduate 30 years ago, I felt strongly that health promotion and disease prevention were the answer, but no one was very interested in prevention – then or now!

Thank you for starting Prevent Cancer Now. What can we do to help?

Story by Mary-Martha Hale and Don Desnoyers

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URLs in this post:

[1] Thousands of ‘excess’ cancer deaths from CT scans: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/thousands-of-excess-cancer-deaths-from-ct-scans

[2] Health Canada’s Ingredient Hotlist: Why are carcinogens allowed in cosmetics?: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/health-canadas-ingredient-hotlist-why-are-carcinogens-allowed-in-cosmetics

[3] Incineration: Burning Issues – 2009 in Review: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/incineration-burning-issues-2009-in-review

[4] Herbs for Cancer Prevention: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/herbs-for-cancer-prevention

[5] Management of BPA: the latest government proposal: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/management-of-bpa-the-latest-government-proposal

[6] The Trillium Foundation Supports Prevention Presentation: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/the-trillium-foundation-supports-prevention-presentation

[7] What’s New!: http://www.preventcancernow.ca/whats-new

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