“If I couldn’t be at home, I wanted to be at the Cross.”
As a mother of two teenagers, a wife and an elementary school principal in Fort Saskatchewan, Nancy Luyckfassel leads a busy life. When she started feeling fatigued from her day-to-day activities, she went in for testing.
The results were not good. A mass of lymph nodes was wrapped around her heart and pressing on her lungs. “It’s an aggressive, rare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” Nancy explains. “It was Stage 3.”
Nancy stayed at the Cross Cancer Institute for treatment and monitoring, but she soon discovered it is a place of great comfort to her.
The caring staff, cozy lounge spaces, and services for managing hair loss made Nancy feel supported and comfortable throughout her treatment.
What happened next is a result of world-class research that is happening right now at the Cross Cancer Institute. Nancy’s PET scan results showed she was in complete remission and could move onto a maintenance treatment plan.
Nancy knows that she was able to attend her son’s high school graduation because of the Cross Cancer Institute and the support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
“There were a lot of happy tears that day,” she says. “Though I’m wearing a wig in his graduation pictures, I’m there with him and that’s all that matters.”
Mee Wan Loh
“I fundraise for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre because I know the progress that has been made.”
When our loved ones are facing cancer it can be difficult to know how to show support. Mee Wan chooses to honour the memories of her youngest sister, father, and mother by fundraising.
“I did the best I could to look after my family, I felt it was my duty. Now, I continue my work by raising funds and awareness.”
Mee Wan supports cancer patients in her professional life as well. As a registered nurse at the Foothills Medical Centre, she cares for patients with cancer. “The statistics are improving but we have to do everything we can to make a difference.”
Mee Wan’s family has faced cancer in an extraordinary way but she is motivated by her father’s advice to always work hard for what matters. She knows from first-hand experience that progress is being made at an incredible rate, right here in Alberta.
“I just want people to know how lucky we are to be in Alberta. The support at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre means so much to so many.”
“Sure, I may be tiny but together, we can make a difference. We have to support our friends and family with cancer.”