So I'm a bit delayed in posting about my experience at OneWalk Toronto with the team at La Roche-Posay Canada, but that's because I decided to write about it in a blog for Save Your Skin Foundation. It's worth the wait honestly - I'm still smiling about the whole thing. :-)
Below are some extra pics, but to the read the blog about it, please click here:
I'm having one of those days where everything seems ironic. In a good way. This afternoon I am being interviewed for an article in the National Post, for a project that I have been working on behalf of Save Your Skin Foundation since last year. We are working with the folks at Post Media to do a Spotlight on Immuno-oncology in the Patient Diaries series.
Save Your Skin advocates for cancer patient access to life-saving immunotherapy treatments, and is helping to bring patients and the media together to shed light on this subject. Patient Diaries is spotlighting some patient stories for the feature to run this Fall, so I shouldn't have been surprised when I got the call the other day asking if I would be willing to share my story for it. Guess I kinda forgot I still am a melanoma patient (who received immunotherapy) - have been so busy living and working it didn't occur to me that they would want my story in there. LOL It will be neat to see this Spotlight come together from both sides, as a project manager from the inside, and as a patient interview on the outside. Stay tuned for more info!
Another full-circle event is upcoming for me too - the OneWalk in downtown Toronto September 8, 2018. Two years ago my dear friend Rhonda walked in my honour the fund raiser for melanoma research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, when there was no way I could have walked that distance. Just finishing my treatments at the time, I was struggling with side effects and a difficult emotional cancer battle, and I was incredibly moved that she did that for me.
That's Rhonda :-) -->
Now I am feeling much better, and I have been invited to walk 15km downtown Toronto with a team that has been part of my life for several years. You may remember me talking about La Roche-Posay, the sunscreen and skin care brand who created the "Become A Skin Checker" campaign and invited me to share my story at their Toronto awareness events.
This year La Roche-Posay graciously accepted my request to become an official sponsor of Save Your Skin Foundation, and they donated a whole bunch of their excellent sunscreen to us for distribution at our events. We are building further on the relationship by my joining their OneWalk team this year, to raise money for melanoma research at Princess Margaret (at which Save Your Skin closely works with melanoma oncologists on a regular basis).
In September La Roche-Posay Canada and I will join forces again, this time to raise $15,000 for melanoma research. A very exciting prospect!! Being as I have the honour of working directly with lead melanoma researchers at Princess Margaret, I can assure you personally that the funds go directly where they are supposed to go. I fully support this endeavour, and I hope you will too.
More about La Roche-Posay at OneWalk Toronto 2018:
La Roche-Posay is a skincare brand committed to preventing and fighting skin cancer. Recent studies indicate that of cancers diagnosed worldwide are a form of skin cancer, which is why our mission to provide a better life for sensitive skin is more than ever. Developed in collaborating with dermatologists and toxicologists, our products contain only the necessary ingredients, at the right active dose.
To further contribute to the cause, we introduced an annual public service campaign in 2017 with the mission to inform the public about the dangers of sun exposure and the importance of protecting your skin from UV rays. This year, we are taking our commitment one-step further. La Roche-Posay is proud to be an official partner for this year’s OneWalk to Conquer Cancer™, one of Canada’s life-changing cancer fundraising experiences. Every year, thousands of walkers unite to take the streets of Toronto and challenge themselves to walk and raise vital funds for cancer research and care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
This year, La Roche-Posay will be walking 15 kilometers and raising $15,000, which will go directly towards melanoma research. These funds will go directly toward supporting the Princess Margaret Hospital’s world-leading clinicians and researchers to detect cancers earlier, diagnose with more precision, target treatment for each patient and support patients and their families throughout the cancer journey.
On my fourth anniversary of diagnosis of advanced melanoma skin cancer (which is this week), I am reflecting on my experience, and that of those around me. Above all, I am grateful for all of the support I have received, and I am motivated to carry forward that feeling. That is why I do what I do, in working for Save Your Skin Foundation.
I have told you lots about Save Your Skin and how they have helped me - just check the label to the right of this blog. I have also told Save Your Skin lots about how you have helped me... my family and friends in Ontario, who really floated this boat in those couple years where the water was extremely rough.
I love you both, and my girls love you both. And now, by some bizarre miracle, I have the chance to connect you - my family and friends, with my Save Your Skin family and friends. May 10, in melanoma awareness month, in Toronto, we are having a party. :-) A big, kickass party.
If there is any way you may be interested in helping to support this event (that I am seriously devoted to) (for many reasons that I have already explained on this blog) (many times), I would love it. Claire and Cass would love it, my co-workers would love it, and all of the patients we represent would love it.
Tickets include delicious catering, yummy cocktails, a super fun night with a silent auction and entertainment, lots of hugs, and a sprinkling of updates on how awesome it is to be sun safe and melanoma patient supportive. We're even launching a big project we've been working on, a lovely video of some patient friends who represent the work we do at Save Your Skin Foundation.
Here is the link to the Eventbrite information page, for more details or to buy tickets: