Inspiring the next generation of female minds to be brilliant and kind

2016-06-17  |  Events |  Posted by: Kenzie Broddy


It’s been close to 32 years since Dr. Lillian Siu graduated from Loretto College High School. Today, for the first time in nearly three decades she gave a presentation to the staff and student body, this time as a Senior Medical Oncologist and Director of the Tumor Immunotherapy Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


A gymnasium full of teenage girls listened as Dr. Siu told them all about the ins and outs of her day-to-day life. The long hours and tireless research in hopes her work will have an impact on the world. Wide eyed girls raised their hands with questions about finding a cure for cancer and Canada’s involvement on the international stage.  At the end of the presentation, a teacher told the students she was once a patient at Princess Margaret and she had something to say to Dr. Siu.
“Dr. Siu, of all of your accomplishments- and you have accomplishments. And all the wonderful things you’ve told us today. What stands out to me the most is that you still talk about kindness. Stay that way because in everyday life especially when people are going through cancer- big or small cancer- everyone is scared as you well know. Kindness is one of the few things that gets us through those days. I remember the kindness that I was given at Princess Margaret and I just wanted to say to you, as a researcher, as a doctor, as a human being, continue to be kind to people in your profession and to your patients.”
“I can’t agree with you more, you have to think about yourself on the other side, “ said Dr. Siu.  “The heart has to come out. Having kindness makes doing your job easier.”

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