Cancer

To celebrate finishing his first round of chemotherapy, Addison Johnston (left) and his younger brother Ryland were taken to a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver by parents Kristin and Shane Johnston. But lots of treatment remains for the teenager, and his family has learned some hard lessons about the healthcare system. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack parents discover gaps in health care as teenage son battles leukemia

Though he’s 17-years-old, Addison Johnston couldn’t access treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital

 

Joshua Sloan, 27, is raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society in honour of his good friend and former teacher and running partner, Debbie Kovacs. She died from cancer in 2015. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey resident runs in honour of former teacher, running partner

Joshua Sloan had the Surrey firefighters join him for a run to Bear Creek Park from Simon Cunningham Elementary

 

Dr. Imran Ratanshi talks about the surgical lymphatic reconstruction program in video posted to Surrey Hospitals Foundation's YouTube channel.

VIDEO: Rare ‘life-changing’ microsurgeries for breast cancer patients new to Surrey hospital

‘Surrey will be well-positioned to offer immediate and early reconstruction for patients at uniquely high risk for developing lymphedema’

 

The CIBC Run for the Cure in Surrey, seen here in a 2016 photo, returns for a virtual event on Oct. 3, 2021. (File photo)

Surrey car-wash event to support CIBC Run for the Cure

Annual run a virtual affair, set for Oct. 3

The CIBC Run for the Cure in Surrey, seen here in a 2016 photo, returns for a virtual event on Oct. 3, 2021. (File photo)
Mother-daughter duo Karen Cartmill (right) and Chrissie Thernes raised more than $11,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation as participants in the 2021 Tour de Cure. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey mother-daughter duo raise $11,000 in Tour de Cure

Karen Cartmill and Chrissie Thernes cycled 100 km in memory of sister/aunt Kathy Stonehouse

Mother-daughter duo Karen Cartmill (right) and Chrissie Thernes raised more than $11,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation as participants in the 2021 Tour de Cure. (Contributed photo)
Chrissie Thernes and her mom Karen are planning to cycle 100 km on Aug. 28, as part of the 2021 Tour de Cure. (Contributed photo)

PHOTOS: Surrey mother-daughter duo join virtual ride for cancer

Karen Cartmill and Chrissie Thernes to pedal 100 km on Aug. 28

Chrissie Thernes and her mom Karen are planning to cycle 100 km on Aug. 28, as part of the 2021 Tour de Cure. (Contributed photo)
Serena Kullar, 13, with the braids of her hair that will help make wigs for kids. (Contributed photo)

PHOTOS: South Surrey teen surpasses $2K haircut-donation goal

16 inches of Serena Kullar’s hair will help make wigs for kids who’ve lost hair due to cancer

Serena Kullar, 13, with the braids of her hair that will help make wigs for kids. (Contributed photo)
Kayla Borkowsky, 22, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. She was given one year to live and her friend has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. (GoFundMe)

GoFundMe for 22-year-old Chilliwack mom with brain cancer, given 1 year to live

Kayla Borkowsky diagnosed with ‘rare and aggressive’ form of brain cancer

Kayla Borkowsky, 22, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. She was given one year to live and her friend has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. (GoFundMe)
Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. study probes if more time in the shade as a child prevents skin cancer in adulthood

Researchers will install shade structures outside and track preschool-age children for six months while they play

Seven-year-old Eva Mailhot Maclean plays in a playground in Montreal, Saturday, May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Serena Kullar is cutting her hair on June 30 - her 13th birthday – in support of wigs for kids. (Contributed photo)

Hair-raising goal in sight for South Surrey pre-teen

Serena Kullar hopes plan to donate her hair for kids’ wigs will boost fundraising support to $2K

Serena Kullar is cutting her hair on June 30 - her 13th birthday – in support of wigs for kids. (Contributed photo)
Dale Cull has partnered with Langley’s Maritime Seafoods to bake and sell Father’s Day pies to benefit cancer research. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Father’s Day pies help fundraiser for cancer research

You-bake pie drive raises money in place of this year’s Ride2Survive

Dale Cull has partnered with Langley’s Maritime Seafoods to bake and sell Father’s Day pies to benefit cancer research. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
April Migneault of Maple Ridge, seen here with her running friend Hannah Baerg, has run every day in April (and also increased the distance of each run by one kilometre each day) for a total of 465 kilometres in 30 days. It’s how she chose to raise money for her friend, Dave Corke of Chilliwack, who has leukaemia. (Facebook/ April Migneault)

Maple Ridge woman runs more kms each day to raise funds for Chilliwack friend with leukaemia

April Migneault ran more than 465 kms in 30 days to help raise money for Dave Corke and family

April Migneault of Maple Ridge, seen here with her running friend Hannah Baerg, has run every day in April (and also increased the distance of each run by one kilometre each day) for a total of 465 kilometres in 30 days. It’s how she chose to raise money for her friend, Dave Corke of Chilliwack, who has leukaemia. (Facebook/ April Migneault)
After 21 months without getting his hair cut, White Rock Whalers forward Sam Dowell chopped off his locks, and will donate the hair to Wigs for Kids B.C. (Alistair Burns photo)

White Rock Whalers’ forward donates hair to Wigs for Kids

‘I thought if I was to grow it, I might as well do it for a good cause,’ Sam Dowell says

After 21 months without getting his hair cut, White Rock Whalers forward Sam Dowell chopped off his locks, and will donate the hair to Wigs for Kids B.C. (Alistair Burns photo)
(Simon Dawson/Pool via AP)

Canadian researchers developing blood test to detect lung cancer early and save lives

‘If lung cancer is detected early then treatment outcomes improve enormously,’ says Dr. David Wishart

(Simon Dawson/Pool via AP)
Andy van de Wetering makes sure to get his five kilometre hike in rain-or-shine. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

VIDEO: 76-year-old Maple Ridge man walking equivalent of trek to Calgary and back to support friend

Andy van de Wetering hikes five kilometres daily to buoy spirits of cancer fighter

Andy van de Wetering makes sure to get his five kilometre hike in rain-or-shine. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
Kandace “Kandy” and Donnie Musgrove on their wedding day. (McKenzie Shea Photography)

With days left to live, Vancouver Island woman gets dream wedding

Community vendors pull together to deliver free, last minute wedding

Kandace “Kandy” and Donnie Musgrove on their wedding day. (McKenzie Shea Photography)
Diane Van Keulen, shown in a handout photo, a lung cancer patient from Ontario, has been battling the disease since 2019. She says she delayed her potential recovery and treatment out of fear of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Doctors fear an impending wave of cancer patients after COVID-19 delays

Cancer research has also suffered during the pandemic due to the cancellation of major fundraisers

Diane Van Keulen, shown in a handout photo, a lung cancer patient from Ontario, has been battling the disease since 2019. She says she delayed her potential recovery and treatment out of fear of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Dwayne Buckle finished his 1,400 km “Hike for the Cure” on Sunday (Jan. 10) by walking down Highway 19 all the way to Carrot Park, and then jumping into the freezing cold Tsulquate ocean. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: Icy plunge marks end of Red Deer firefighter’s trek across B.C. for cancer

Dwayne Buckle completes 12-week march from Red Deer to Port Hardy

Dwayne Buckle finished his 1,400 km “Hike for the Cure” on Sunday (Jan. 10) by walking down Highway 19 all the way to Carrot Park, and then jumping into the freezing cold Tsulquate ocean. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
A cheque is presented at the conclusion of the Drive Pink campaign. (Contributed photo)
A cheque is presented at the conclusion of the Drive Pink campaign. (Contributed photo)
The parents of 12-year-old Halle Krawczyk of Salmon Arm received welcome news on Dec. 7, 2020 that the Medical Services Plan has reversed its decision and would fund her surgery in the United States for a rare cancer. However, the family is told they are still faced with at least $150,000 in additional expenses to be incurred during the six months in the U.S. throughout the surgery and recovery. (Contributed)

MSP to fund Salmon Arm girl’s surgery to combat rare cancer after reversing decision

Medical Services Plan reverses decision to not help with U.S. cost, parents still face $150,000 bill

The parents of 12-year-old Halle Krawczyk of Salmon Arm received welcome news on Dec. 7, 2020 that the Medical Services Plan has reversed its decision and would fund her surgery in the United States for a rare cancer. However, the family is told they are still faced with at least $150,000 in additional expenses to be incurred during the six months in the U.S. throughout the surgery and recovery. (Contributed)