Bring Advanced Cancer Detection to Atlantic Canadians

By Darlene Pomroy Join Me

My Why

You’re never ready for a cancer diagnosis, nor are your family and loved ones. Loretta, my kind and loving Mom passed away in 2018 from lung and brain cancer and I’m fundraising in her memory. She cared so much and loved helping others any way she could. Whether she realized it or not, she made a difference. 

 

Cancer brings sadness, but when you look a little harder there are stories of survival and resilience aplenty as well. I've had a few brushes with cancer myself in the form of stomach, breast and appendix cancer. When it's summed up in one sentence it doesn't seem like much does it? Rest assured there are buckets of pain, tears, stress and frustration hiding behind those words. But something stronger and more powerful is hidden there as well... GRATITUDE, for the love and support of those I love and those who love me. Gratitude for my aggressive screening schedule and the excellent care I received at the hands of the QEII care team. And so much gratitude for the way I was raised. As my sister Glenda would say, "Mama never raised a quitter!" 

I'm participating in this fundraiser in memory of Mom but also to honor those who've struggled or are currently struggling with cancer, and for their families. I know from experience that one small gesture can have a far-reaching and profound effect on someone we may not even know. And couldn't we all use a bit more of that in our world today?

A new cancer tracer is changing lives around the world and I'm asking for your support to help bring gallium-68 DOTATATE home to the QEII Health Sciences Center in Halifax. Your donation will help QEII teams discover the undetectable and connect patients to a life-saving scan.

 

Gallium-68 DOTATATE, whose scans have become the best-in-class method for diagnosing neuroendocrine cancers, is a radioactive tracer that is injected into a patient before they undergo a PET-CT scan. Even the smallest traces of cancer, that otherwise wouldn't be detected, light up on screen.

 

By reaching the $200,000 QEII fundraising goal by March 31, their teams and patients will have access to this world's best cancer detection in spring 2021.

 

Your support will help make it possible. 

My Updates

Rainbows & Roses

Sunday 14th Mar

 

When you’re the youngest of ten children, you hold tight to those things you share in common with your mom. One of those things that Mom and I shared was a love of quilting. This final fundraiser is a special one because I’m raffling off a quilt that I’ve made to honor Mom and her spirit of giving. Ticket details are at the end of the post and I’ve called this the Rainbows & Roses Quilt.

When Mom turned 80, we pulled out all the stops and threw her a big old birthday bash, hall rented, decorations, DJ and dancing, all the bells and whistles. But before the dance party started, we organized a mini concert for her where friends and family got up and said a few words or sang a song. This is when all of us ten kids got up on stage and two by two we recited a verse of a beautiful poem written by my sister Maureen with memories contributed by my brothers and sisters. At the end of each verse, each sibling pair delivered two roses to Mom at her seat. With permission, this is…

A Rose For Mom

Where we’d be without you we don’t know
Dear Mom you came to every show
Saw every concert heard every song
It didn’t matter how short or long.
We thank you now with this rose
For coming to so many shows.

At night you’d read us many tales
About Euphonia floods and whales
You’d fall asleep before the end
We turned the pages for you then
What love for us our mother shows
We thank you Mom with this rose.

Our clothes and mitts and meals you made
With little or nothing, you weren’t afraid
Our uniforms and jeans you’d mend
In ringlets girls to school would send
We’re so proud and hope it shows
Dear mom to you another rose.

How many potatoes did you peel?
For how many rosaries did we kneel?
To learn from you how love is done
Each day each daughter and each son
We’re glad this mothering life you chose
And thank you more Mom with each rose.

You taught us how to laugh and sing
To see the good in everything
To dance and party and have fun
The lottery we surely won
With you as Mom, the sweetest rose
Our love for you just grows and grows

The significance of the rainbows comes from the day we laid Mom to rest. The family said our last goodbyes at the funeral home before heading to the church and as we came out of the funeral home doors, there before us was this beautiful rainbow. I couldn’t help but feel like she was giving us one last gift and with that in our hearts we all piled into our cars to make our way to the church. As we came upon Placentia bridge, can you believe not just one but a double rainbow!! There was no denying that she was still with us, and now every time I see a rainbow I think of Mom and her giving spirit.

If you’d like to support my fundraiser, there are only 300 tickets available and they're $5 each. To purchase send an etransfer to give4gallium-68@outlook.com (in the notes section of your transfer, please include an email address or phone number so we can contact you if you’re the winner).

The Rainbows & Roses Quilt is 68” x 94”, has the bright colors of the rainbow and the backing is light blue plush blanket. 

Epicure Eats

Tuesday 9th Mar
Mar 15 Update: Thanks to your support we raised $260 towards our fundraiser. Thank you so much!!

Are you an Epicure fan or love delicious food with easy prep? Be a mealtime hero with this $25 Epicure Weeknight Dinners Collection. It answers the daily “What’s for dinner?” question and for every Collection sold, $10 will go towards my gallium-68 fundraiser AND my consultant will generously donate her commission of $2.25/Collection which brings our benefit to almost 50%!!
Here’s how it works:
• Fundraiser will run from March 6-13 and is open for those living in HRM in NS or in CBS and Placentia areas in NL.
• Send your $25 via etransfer to give4gallium-68@outlook.com by noon on Saturday, March 13 (In the notes section of your etransfer, please put the word “epicure” as well as your email address or phone number).
• When I receive your etransfer, I’ll be in touch to get your delivery address.
• The order will be placed by my Epicure Consultant on March 14 and when it comes in, I’ll do contactless delivery for those in the HRM area and my sister has kindly offered to do the same in the CBS and Placentia areas in NL.
P.S. Epicure will ship a minimum of 10 Collections to a different address so if you live outside these areas you and 9 friends want to order and you don’t mind delivering, send me a message and I’ll get you set up!
Thank you!!

Hockey Stick Furniture Raffle

Friday 26th Feb
Mar 12 Update
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners:
Chair: Collette and Kevin Fudge
Coat rack #1 - Jeannie Miller
Coat rack #2 - Shannon Fahie


Get your tickets for your chance to win! 

1st prize: Hockey Stick Chair
2nd & 3rd prizes: Hockey Stick Coat Rack

Tickets are $2 each or 3/$5 (e-transfers can be sent to
give4gallium-68@outlook.com)

Draw date is March 12 and only 1000 tickets are available!

Thank you in advance for your support in bringing gallium-68 DOTATATE to Atlantic Canadians.

Thank you to my Supporters

$26

Michelle Murphy

$20.80

Lucie Fournier

$1.5k

Rainbows & Roses Quilt Raffle

$60

Lynda Manuel

$260

Epicure Fundraiser

$198

Hockey Stick Furniture Raffle - Final Deposit

$104

Anonymous

Love u

$200

Hockey Stick Furniture Raffle - Deposit #2

$52

Barb Ruggles

$25

J Clarke

Darlene, you are such a kind and giving community member! Thank you for making a difference and being a change-maker!!

$50

Ward Fleet

Colours for a Cause :)

$20.80

Anonymous

$20

Wally Buckoski

$26

Liz

She sure was the best Aunt ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Love this ❤️

$26

Jennifer Collier

$104

Laila & Moe Saikaley

$500

Hockey Stick Furniture Raffle - Deposit #1

$100

Paul Mccabe

Wear Your Colours matched plus

$41

Wear Your Colors For A Cause

$26

Jeannie Miller

$26

George And Teri Coleman

$20.80

Theresa Grace Griffin

Blessings

$52

Elizabeth & Johnny

$20.80

Joan Andrews

What a great plan Darlene. Good luck I hope you meet your goal. Hugs!

$52

M & Kl Warren

$26

Brad Macleod

$104

Brandon Benoit

Love it

$26

Mike Brown

$104

Nathalie Benoit & Famille Patry

$26

Kevin & Bene

$52

Cheryle Engram

$52

Matthew Kervin

$25

Krista Roper

$26

Anonymous

$26

Bobby Houghton

$200

Paul Mccabe

$52

Roger & Heather K.

$52

Ward Fleet

$104

Tracy Burgess

Wishing you great success in meeting your goal! Hugs!

$52

Mark Pinsent

$20.80

Joey Hanley

:)

$25

Pascale Couturier

C’est une belle cause. J’admire ta détermination. Bonne chance dans l’atteinte de ton objectif

$52

Wanda Giles

Hi Neighbour, We wish you great success in this amazing Fundraiser. We know you will reach your goal. Awesome article.

$52

Martin Benoit

$20.80

Ron Lunn

$20.80

Gary Irvine

$20.80

Vaughn Casey

$70.72

Todd Bouchie

$104

Debbie And John Godwin

In memory of your mom, my sister and for yourself and others going through cancer treatments. 💕

$70.72

Dwayne Watson

Hi Darlene Truly a worthwhile cause, good luck! Love Dwayne, Christa and Jayden

$70.72

John & Jacqueline Pound

Challenge Accepted

$52

Charles Lockyer

$25

Olivia Pomroy

$100

Shannon Fahie

$104

Maureen Pomroy

Darlene - so proud of you for continuing mom’s legacy of giving and caring. Love you baby sister ❤️

$25

William Pitcher

Best of luck with your campaign.

$70.72

Martin Benoit

Valentines Day Challenge Accepted! Best Wife EVER!

$104

Paul & Lesley Corbett

$104

Shirley Collins

In memory of Mom

$50

James Gendron

This horrible disease took my mother and today would have been her 74th bday.

$26

Tom Stewart

Thank you for helping others.

$52

Seven Collective Salon

$70.72

Theresa De Zwaan

$20.80

Jimmy Martel

$104

Tish Pomroy

For my momma and my seesters! 🥰

$26

Chas R Savoie

For Benny, Darlene and Family. Xoxo. Chas

$50

Evan Collins

$26

Jonathan Ryer

$104

Alan Lemberg

$26

Michael Cote

$70.72

Darlene Pomroy

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