Dr. Mona Gauthier dedicated her life to conquering cancer in our lifetime

Dr. Mona GauthierShe dedicated her life to conquering cancer, and in one of life's harshest ironies, the very disease that Dr. Mona Gauthier worked so long and hard to conquer has claimed her life. Dr. Gauthier, a cancer scientist at The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, died of ovarian cancer last night (Friday, December 13, 2013) at the age of 45. 
Dr. Gauthier, a Toronto native married to Dr. Hal Berman, who also works as a cancer scientist at The Princess Margaret, was a tireless warrior against cancer. Having lost her mother to breast cancer, Dr. Gauthier was keenly aware of the fact that she also carried the BRCA gene and took pre-emptive steps to avoid that cancer. It was ovarian cancer, though, a diagnosis she received in 2010, that robbed her of her life. 
Dr. Mona Gauthier will be terribly missed, both by those that knew her and by those who will one day be impacted by research. Dr. Gauthier's work at The Princess Margaret extended far beyond the laboratories to include participation with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, principally as a passionate spokesperson as well as with The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend To End Women's Cancers.