The friendship that grew from a walk home from The Princess Margaret

07/03/2017  |  Guest Bloggers |  Posted by: Gillian Grant

Gillian Grant was on her way home from her chemo treatment at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre when she noticed a woman sewing in the window of a Toronto storefront. This is how the friendship between Grant and Leslieville designer Christina Bergström began. That was 15 years ago. 

Gillian Grant and Christina BergstromIn the years that followed, Grant was able to watch her three young children grow up. She remains in remission from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She has been volunteering in the chemo unit of The Princess Margaret ever since. 

Her friendship with Bergström has lasted to this day. It has also led to a special jewelry collection, which has raised money for cancer patients.

"Our Butterfly Collection was inspired by Gill," says Bergström, who owns a boutique that carries her name. "A beautiful woman, whose passion for life and innate ability to brighten any room, cannot go unnoticed. Her selfless contributions to her community, including her volunteer work at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, are a reminder of the power we all have to make a change." 

All profits from the sale of this collection have been and continue to be donated to support the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  

Grant proudly wears her butterfly necklace every Wednesday for her volunteer shift at the Cancer Centre.  

To date, Bergström has helped raise thousands for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Grant continues to raise money for The Princess Margaret through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and this will be her 6th year completing the 200-kilometre event.

Shown in the photo above: Gillian Grant, at left, and Christina ​Bergström at right.