My name is Sharon and I had never heard of a neuroendocrine tumour until one was discovered in my left lung. My life changed in that instant as I was diagnosed with one of the most difficult to detect cancers at just 42 years old.
I’m writing this today to share how the community can help introduce one of the world’s best detection tools for neuroendocrine cancer, here at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. With community support, patients will no longer need to travel outside of Atlantic Canada for vital answers about their cancer.
I had access to this tool in 2017 when I became one of the first patients in Canada to undergo a gallium-68 DOTATATE scan. My QEII oncologist, Dr. Daniel Rayson, referred me to a clinical trial in Sherbrooke, Quebec. For patients like me, this scan is the best way to diagnose and determine whether my cancer has responded to treatment and immediately detect any early signs that my cancer has returned.
It’s a game-changer, but yet it remains out-of-reach to many patients across the country. Access to gallium-68 DOTATATE is incredibly limited; available only at a few Canadian health centres and, in most cases, only as a clinical trial. Now more than ever, there’s an urgent need to ensure this scan is available here at home. Due to COVID-19, patients like me cannot travel to Quebec or other countries with this capability; we’re among the most vulnerable during this pandemic.
This is why I need your help to raise $200,000 by March 31st to bring this best-in-class cancer detection to the QEII. The faster we get this, the more lives we can change and save.
Thank you for your support
Bravo to you for stepping forward, sharing your story, creating awareness, and speaking for others!
Love you so much my dear friend <3 You are so strong and an inspiration to us all.
Great job on this fundraising effort. Thanks for making a difference in people’s lives 💕
Arthur, Sandra & Sarah Irving
Lucie & Kris Kendell
Thank you for sharing your story and working tirelessly to bring this valuable resource to Atlantic Canadians.
Sharon thank you for all that you do ,I’m Lynne Little’s sister and she speaks so highly of you,mabye one day I will have the pleasure of meeting you if you come back to London.
You speak so well about such a devastating disease and how you cope with your diagnosis. Keep fighting!
So happy to see you well and vibrant! All the very best and ‘kudos’ to you for your fund raising efforts. 😊
Thank you for all you do for the zebra community.
Shelley And Jonathan Amyotte
Aero and the fam love and support you!
Shea + Burke Talmey
Sending luv + hugs xx
Amazing! You rock!
Good luck reaching your goal. You are inspiring!
You are a true inspiration!!!
Thank you, Sharon. You are transforming neuroendocrine cancer care.
Best of luck with your goal!
Thank you - for your bravery, your selflessness and everything you’ve done for others with your advocacy, fundraiser and awareness. Proud to call you my friend!
Dorothy Caunce- Petrie
Sharon you've always touched my heart. I will always remember in Toronto, the beautiful tall blonde, telling us about being misdiagnosed for so long. I wish you love, I hope your happy and that you found a love that's you're forever.It's a joy to see your lovely face.💞Dorothy
Thank You Sharon for always being involved in the fundraising.
Thank you for everything you share—your heart and soul, your energy, and your effort. XO
Shadow Lake Group Inc. , Catherine Miner
Beautiful in and out! Proud to be your friend ☺️
Great story. Happy to help. Keep trailblazing
Ken & Pat Needham
Good luck with the fund raising!
Hi Sharon, We heard about your important Gallium 68 campaign from our kind friends Arthur, Sandra and Sarah Irving. Best hopes and wishes. Brenda and Louis Bélanger