Following the success of her first Healing Hope Brunch last year, breast cancer survivor Letna Allen-Rowe will bring more hope to the staff, doctors and patients of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital’s (RVC) Oncology Unit by holding the event for a second time.
“As a breast cancer survivor, I have benefited from the services of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital, its team of doctors, oncologists, nurses and volunteers,” said Allen-Rowe, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and is still being treated for it. “I pledged to give back to the hospital, so for my second year of this event I hope to raise funds this time to double the effort.”
Funds raised from the event will be used in the Breast Cancer Department of the Rouge Valley Hospital, Scarborough location, to purchase equipment and to start the pilot project of launching a Lymphedema Clinic.
“If I can replace one pair of surgical gloves, or even an injection needle, I may be able to help save a life from the dreaded effects of cancer, especially breast cancer,” said Allen-Rowe.
Proceeds from the event will also benefit the Jamaican Cancer Society.
“In addition to my goal of fundraising for the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, I will also be donating $1,000 (CAD), equivalent to $100,000 (JAM), to the Jamaican Cancer Society,” she said. “The funds will help to provide mammograms and ultrasounds for women who cannot afford to pay for this essential service. My wish is to see all women free of this dreaded disease, if not in my lifetime, hopefully in the lifetime of the next generation.”
This year’s event will feature entertainment, with host Marcia Brown, a fashion show with designs by Hylton House Designs, as well as Premier Jour and guest speakers from RVC’s Oncology team, who will share their knowledge on cancer care.
The brunch will also feature performances by Jimmy Reid, Mr. Cooper, the Forest Creek Steel Band Orchestra, Mel C, Marley Edwards and Rochelle Robinson and Jestiena Salmon.
The Healing Hope Brunch will be held on Sunday, March 30 at the St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall, 237 Milner St., Scarborough from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 and proceeds will support the Oncology Program at both branches of the Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketgateway.com, visiting the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation’s RVC office at 2867 Ellesmere Road or by calling 416-281-7342.
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