Within the walls of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, you will see doves displayed as part of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s Doves of Hope campaign. Every dove symbolizes hope and strength and represents the story of one person and their unique journey with cancer. Thanks to our donor community, thousands of doves have been dedicated, and we’re receiving more every day.
Raising over $15 million since its launch in 2000, the campaign is changing the lives of cancer patients. Every gift made through Doves of Hope enables The Princess Margaret to transform the cancer experience for patients, by discovering how to treat cancers earlier, and more efficiently than ever before. Our donors help us give real hope to people living with cancer.
As part of this year’s campaign, Geoff Gericke who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare cancer of the lining of the lung – shared his story. The thirty-three-year-old resident of Bella Coola, British Columbia was determined to make his way to Ontario after his research led him to discover the novel treatment Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy (SMART), only offered at The Princess Margaret. It was hope that brought him to The Princess Margaret. Today, Geoff is cancer free.
"I’ll get to see my daughters grow up, graduate, marry, and possibly have kids of their own. Your gifts have given me time to be there for my kids and wife," says Geoff.