Have you seen a Dove today

09/12/2014  |  Inside The PMCF |  Posted by: Karina Wong

A few days ago, I was at the cancer centre putting some paper doves up for display. A patient paused in his tracks for a moment looking at the doves, he asked, “Did you do all this?” I explained, “No. Our donors did! We invited the community to honour someone special by creating a dove online or returning their paper dove in the mail with an inspirational message. Each dove represents one person and their unique story. For the paper doves, our volunteers will then string and hang them up before the holiday season.” His eyes lit up in awe, “This is a labour of love!”  
The Doves of Hope has been a long standing tradition at The Princess Margaret. Every year at this time, our community comes together to offer hope and strength to patients and their families during the holidays. Through our Doves of Hope campaign, supporters have a tangible opportunity to honour someone special with a dove.  You can dedicate a dove in memory of a loved one, as a tribute to someone fighting cancer today or in honour of a caregiver.   

So far, more than 9,000 doves have been created and we are expecting to receive more doves every day.  Many of the doves that have been received are in response to the inspirational story featured in this year’s Doves of Hope campaign. The story is being told by Denis Veres as he shares his wife’s courageous journey with cancer. 

Cathy was a loving and dedicated wife and mother of three who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last year. The Veres family is extremely grateful for the care that they had received at The Princess Margaret. Having three more wonderful years with Cathy meant so much to the family. They felt lucky to be treated at one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

“The staff cared for our family like we were the only patients they’d ever had, and their compassion meant the world to us during the most devastating time in our lives. They helped the kids cope with the imminent loss of their mother, laughed and cried along with us, and most importantly, they let Cathy’s beautiful spirit come shining through even in her last days,” Denis said.

The family hopes that Cathy’s story will inspire the community to make a donation and support the important work happening at The Princess Margaret.  
Join us and give hope to those fighting cancer by creating a dove at www.DovesOfHope.ca . You can share it with your loved ones and it will soar online for all to see.  Your dove will also be part of the 14th annual Doves of Hope Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, December 10 at 11:30 am.
Will you create a dove and give hope to those fighting cancer?

The doves unite us all in our vision to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.