Entries by Dhakshayini Boopalan

How Sher Harkins Owns Cancer

For years, Sher Harkins had a little voice in the back of her head wondering not “if” — but “when” — she would get cancer. She’s no stranger to cancer and has lost many loved ones, including both her parents (dad in 1995, mom in 2017). In April 2018, Harkins had just started her new […]

Why Canada Life supports the OWN.CANCER Campaign

In support of the Calgary Cancer Centre, Canada Life has made a generous donation to the OWN.CANCER Campaign.      A campaign of this magnitude doesn’t happen without the support and dedication of our community. Canada Life is passionate about giving back to the community and Albertans facing cancer, and they have generously donated to the […]

How Sarah Geddes owns cancer

Sarah Geddes from Calgary is a wife and mother of two. She is the founder of a modern marketing agency, Press + Post and works on marketing, PR, social and digital campaigns for a fantastic roster of lifestyle brands.  “To sum it all up, I’ve curated the best life I could imagine for myself and […]

How Ashley Yoisten owns cancer

In January 2020, Ashley Yoisten, a young mother of two, didn’t expect her life to change forever.   When the now 35-year-old began to notice irritation in her breast, she consulted her family doctor, who suggested she go for a mammogram. Although they were hesitant to do a mammogram given her young age, they decided […]

Supporting young women with breast cancer – Dr. May Lynn Quann, MD.

A breast cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone. But for women under the age of 40, breast cancer comes with a unique set of challenges: The potential loss of fertility, prolonged hormonal treatment and managing young families and careers during treatment. University of Calgary researcher and cancer surgeon Dr. May Lynn Quan, MD, is developing […]

Barbara Munroe – Campaign Cabinet Members

A campaign of this magnitude doesn’t happen without the support and dedication of our community. The OWN.CANCER campaign cabinet is made up of passionate Calgarians who are champions for improved cancer research, treatment and care in our province. Through their advocacy, donations and guidance, we’re closer to reaching our $250 million fundraising goal in support […]

A simple blood test could improve lung cancer care and cut costs

It may be possible to bypass expensive, invasive tissue biopsies to detect lung cancer with a simple sample of blood.  Exciting new research has shown that specialized blood tests, or “liquid biopsies,” can identify many types of cancer and allow physicians to target therapies for patients. A University of Calgary researcher, Dr. Doreen Ezeife, MD, […]

How Jim Button Owns Cancer

  “A father of two, husband of one, brother of three, and friend to many.” This is how Jim Button describes himself.  On Father’s Day, 2014, Jim and his family were on a rafting trip when he began to feel severe pain. A hospital visit revealed a case of appendicitis, but it also revealed a […]

Mavis Clark – Campaign Cabinet Members

  A campaign of this magnitude doesn’t happen without the support and dedication of our community. The OWN.CANCER campaign cabinet is made up of passionate Calgarians who are champions for improved cancer research, treatment and care in our province. Through their advocacy, donations and guidance, we’re closer to reaching our $250 million fundraising goal in […]