The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, who passed away on February 10, 2019 from cancer, talks about his first exposure to the disease and encountering it again when his grandson Patrick was diagnosed. He also talks about the importance of raising funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to enable life-saving cancer research.
The passing of Michael is a loss keenly felt by his family, friends and colleagues, and all of us at The Princess Margaret. As a former Finance Minister of Canada, past Ambassador to the United States, and a champion of many important causes, his positive impact on Canadians will be felt for generations.
It’s hard to believe it has been more than two years since Patrick was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma. We are forever grateful for your love and support of Patrick and our family throughout his cancer journey, and of our subsequent efforts to fundraise for that cause.
Through challenging times, there have been moments of light and hope. One of these moments was developing our connection with Dr. Abha Gupta and her team at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, who provided Patrick with excellent, compassionate medical care.
We wanted to give back, so in early 2017, we launched the Wilson Sarcoma Research Fund.
With relatively rare cancers like sarcoma, researchers need a way to capture information, find patterns, and learn from each part of every patient’s journey. That is why we are helping fund the development of the Canadian Sarcoma Registry, a research and bioinformatics platform that will benefit Canadians and people around the world.
This exciting venture will support collaborative research with experts at cancer centres locally, nationally and internationally to find new and better ways to treat sarcoma.
We have set an ambitious goal to raise $1 million to help advance discovery for sarcoma.
We would appreciate your help sharing this campaign with your families and friends.
If you’d like to make a donation in Patrick’s honour to help fight sarcoma, please click donate below.
1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Our family is united by an important cause. Together, we can make a difference.
The Wilson Family