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Kidney Cancer Canada eNews
Issue 10: 2016


Kidney Cancer Canada Founders Receive Meritorious Service Decorations from Governor General

Kidney Cancer Canada Founders' Deb Maskens and the late Tony Clark received Meritorious Service Decorations today from Governor General David Johnston at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Ms. Maskens and Mr. Clark received the award in recognition of their devoted service to thousands of Canadians touched by kidney cancer.

"Tony and I were both being treated for kidney cancer in 2006 when we met by chance in a doctor's waiting room," Ms. Maskens said. "It wasn't long before we agreed that there was a significant gap in the health care system. We needed more than medical care. We needed knowledge, advocacy and the support of others who have faced kidney cancer and survived. We formed Kidney Cancer Canada to advocate for access to new treatments, promote research and provide support, information and education to every Canadian touched by kidney cancer.

We've accomplished a lot since 2006. But there is still much work to be done. Even though Tony succumbed to kidney cancer in 2010, he left behind a 2,000-member patient-led community committed to fulfilling its mission."

What would make your kidney cancer easier to cope and deal with? What information, support and treatment access needs do you need as a caregiver for someone with kidney cancer?
Kidney cancer patients and caregivers: We want to hear from you! For more information or to participate in our survey please click on this link.
Kidney Cancer Canada and the ELLICSR – Health, Wellness, and Cancer Survivorship Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre are collaborating on a research study to help identify the needs and barriers around access to treatment, information and support for people affected by kidney cancer. 

There is only one week left in Kidney Cancer Canada's month-long Great Canadian Giving Challenge to raise funds for the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada.

The network is a Canada-wide collaboration of doctors and researchers answering key questions around the causes and best ways to treat kidney cancer. Canada is home to ground breaking research in kidney cancer like Dr. Georg Bjarnason’s work on individual treatment dosing for patients with metastatic renal cell cancer and Dr. Daniel Heng’s work on national and international kidney cancer patient databases.

Every dollar donated to Kidney Cancer Canada through Canada in June will automatically qualify us to win a $10,000 prize. (The minimum donation is $3.) To make a donation, please click here.


Kidney Cancer Canada is a charitable patient-led support organization established to improve the quality of life for patients and their families living with kidney cancer. Kidney Cancer Canada advocates for access to new treatments, provides support and information to patients, funds much-needed research, and works to increase awareness of kidney cancer as a significant health issue.  Our goal is to help patients navigate through information about their disease and ensure they have access to new treatment options available to them.

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