It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do

20/07/2015  |  Personal |  Posted by: Karina Wong

"It warmed my heart when people took the time to call, drop in, or even just send a smile".

Randy Mellon's personal cancer journey started as many do with the words "I have cancer". She recounts her story of the moment in which she looked into the eyes of her two beautiful daughters and told them those words.

"That night, we laid in my bed together and cried and cried. No one ever wants to hear that their mother is sick. Eleven years before, my mother sat me down and told me she had breast cancer, too. My mother survived, but years earlier, I lost my father to leukemia. And now here I was, about to start my own battle. I was scared, but one thing was absolutely certain:

I was going to fight my battle at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

I knew with all of my heart that this was the place to conquer cancer. After all, I’d already been fighting cancer for years as a fundraiser. I’ve walked in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers for the last 12 years and made countless donations to The Princess Margaret. But all of a sudden I was on the other side. I was the one who was counting on the kindness of strangers – the kindness of supporters like you who fund the groundbreaking research and one-of-a-kind patient care that happens inside these walls."

Our vision is to conquer cancer in our lifetime because “no one ever wants to hear that their mother is sick”. A year ago, Randy walked out of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre after completing her surgery, 6 rounds of chemo, 25 rounds of radiation treatments and 18 rounds of Herceptin treatment. Today, Randy Mellon is a cancer survivor.

To help support Randy and other patients who are battling cancer, you can click here to donate.