Kristal Wei

Kristal WeiKristal Wei leaves a big impression on those she meets. First of all, she is a very beautiful young woman, originally from Trinidad. Flying from the proverbial nest in her mid-20’s, she decided to try living in a land of four seasons. Winter wasn’t fun, but what she certainly wasn’t planning on in her new home in Toronto was spending so much time at a cancer centre being treated for breast cancer.

At the age of 28, in a new country, with her parents back in Trinidad, she had to face cancer surgery, followed by chemotherapy, followed by reconstructive surgery. Her cancer was diagnosed as stage I, but breast cancer and loss of a breast would be terrifying to any young woman, no matter what the stage.

Kristal impressed all of her caregivers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre with her immense courage, her trust and her deep appreciation for their attention and for giving her a whole new future to look forward to.

Six months after completing her chemotherapy, Kristal decided to walk in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™. As a first-time walker, she didn’t know what to expect or what 60 km would feel like to feet that hadn’t trained for the challenge. But she drew strength from the other walkers and finished what she began.

One year later, feeling stronger, Kristal recruited friends to join her in the 2012 Weekend walk. As a group calling themselves the Pink Diamond Team, they raised over $8,200. One of their fundraising initiatives involved a venture called Hip Hop for Hope. They went to elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities to teach hip hop dance.

Kristal is a tremendous advocate for cancer patients, and she shares her experience as a cancer patient in her online blog and at cancer support sessions. In her blog, she now talks about life as a cancer survivor. She is working hard to lead a healthy lifestyle and shares tips with her readers about non-toxic products for skin and hair care.

Where does her energy and passion come from? Her personal fundraising page explains, “My commitment is based on love and my realization that we each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise funds to benefit The Princess Margaret. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to save lives.”

 

  Revised: October 2013