Teesha Price and Charlotte Caunter have been very good friends for the past two decades. They met at Cedarbrae High School in Grade 11 after Price transferred from R.H. King Academy and were roommates at Dalhousie University.
Diagnosed with cancer two months apart earlier this year, they are now supporting each other through their darkest hour.
The 33-year-old Price has a rare form of cancer, intradural intermedullary glioblastoma. It’s an aggressive type of incurable spinal cord cancer for which very little research or clinical trials exist.
With the assistance of family and friends, Price has established a special foundation at Sunnybrook Hospital to help others diagnosed with her type of cancer. The money raised will go directly to oncologist Dr. James Perry for spinal cord cancer research.
“We wanted to raise money to help with her medical expenses, but Teesha did not want it to be just about her,” said Caunter who just completed chemotherapy and starts radiation treatment next week for breast cancer. ‘She wanted to raise awareness about her form of cancer and start a foundation for research. Right now, her diagnosis does not exist on paper, so she can’t have treatment for it.”
Last Sunday, family and friends gathered at North Beach Volleyball indoor centre for a celebration of life and hope fun event for Price aimed at raising $10,000 to kick start the foundation.
“There is a lot of support for Teesha as evidenced by the large turnout,” said Judith Delfish who has been friends with Price since high school. “She’s very generous and it’s only fitting that so many have come together to give for her. It’s greatly appreciated.”
The step-daughter of Antigua & Barbuda national Mike Bryan, Price said she was very grateful for the support.
“I have my good and bad days, but I have a great support system in place that’s keeping me afloat,” said the recently married Grand & Toy Canada public relations manager. “A year ago, I was in the gym working out like crazy. I was a newly wed and I was having just a great time and then six months later, everything came crashing down.”
Donations to the spinal cord cancer research fund can be made to Toronto Dominion Bank, transit number 14502, institution number 004 and account number 06896342326.