We were so excited to deliver our OlymPINK cheque to The Ottawa Hospital’s CEO Dr. Jack Kitts at the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre on October 16. Dr. Erin Cordeiro was there not only as the medical director of the Breast Health Centre, but as a proud OlymPINK swimmer. Dr. Kitts took time from his busy day to congratulate us on our fundraising efforts and talk to us about the importance of community partnerships to help the hospital provide continued and improved gold standard care in the Ottawa region. He was delighted with the gift of his new OlymPINK T-shirt and was last seen proudly wearing it on the way to his next meeting. We are pictured in front of the live painting that we donated to the Breast Health Centre from year one of OlymPINK in 2018.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2019:
October 1st marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since May 2014, I’ve said that every month is breast cancer awareness month for me and unfortunately, it’s starting off on a somber note today. I read this morning of the passing of Jillian O’Connor, a young mother who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer while pregnant with her third child 5 years ago.
This makes me so sad. But it also makes me mad. And maybe that’s a good thing. Because I will continue channeling both those emotions in order to help other women face this awful disease. Yes, we desperately need a cure. But there’s so much to be done on a local level to help “fight” breast cancer in the meantime.
It’s about helping the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre at The Ottawa Hospital continue to increase its state of the art equipment arsenal. It’s about more funding for important clinical trials. It’s about giving women in Ottawa the hope that they so desperately need when they hear those awful words “You have breast cancer.”
This isn’t about me. It’s about all of us. It’s about your wife, your mother, your daughter, your friend, your neighbour.
Last April our swim meet fundraiser OlymPINK raised $44K for the Breast Health Centre. And I’m proud to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month by letting you know that OlymPINK 2020 will take place on April 18th, 2020. Never too early to mark your calendars!
And never too soon to get involved. Be part of our team. Donate to our cause. Tell your friends about OlymPINK. Because it matters.