​Dr. Anne Koch and her patient Zoe Russell to participate together in 2018 Toronto Triathlon


Zoe Russell met Dr. Anne Koch when she was undergoing treatment for Stage 4 breast cancer in 2012 at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

The two never figured they would meet again at a Triathlon.

“That was the first time we found out we both had a similar interest and we tend to see each quite a lot over the course of the summer at races,” says Dr. Koch, a radiation oncologist and leader of the breast program at The Princess Margaret. 

Zoe, who was 41 when she got diagnosed, says taking part in triathlons has helped her through her cancer journey.

“The reason I started was probably my diagnosis, just to focus on something other than the cancer because the mental part of it is probably the worst part,” says Zoe.

After bonding over their love of triathlons, the pair is now participating in the 7th annual Toronto Triathlon Festival (TTF) Sunday, July 22.

They will be raising funds for breast cancer research and education at The Princess Margaret that will directly impact patients.

“Dr. Koch, along with many other Dr.'s at The Princess Margaret is the reason I am alive today,” wrote Zoe on her fundraising page.

To support Dr. Koch and Zoe visit their fundraising page here. For more information on the Toronto Triathlon Festival visit the site.