A letter from Kerry Kenwood
With the holiday season getting close, I want to tell you a story of how my life was drastically altered when a PAP test led to a call that no woman ever wants to get. “You have cervical cancer.” The words echoed in my head. The moment may have seemed surreal, but the urgency in the doctor’s voice was not a dream. My little girls were all I could think of.
What if I wasn’t there for them? It felt like a clock was now ticking. I had an impossible decision to make – radiation therapy or surgical removal of my cervix and uterus? The choice was excruciating.
Too many women face this unbearable threat to their lives. Needlessly.
Each year in Canada, 1,300 women learn they have cervical cancer. It hits them in the prime of their life, from the ages of 30 to 50. Sadly, each year 390 of them will die.
Their children will be motherless. Their families will be affected forever. You can help today with your donation.
On my journey with cervical cancer I learned that it is one of the world’s most deadly forms of cancer.
Ironically, it’s also one of the most preventable.
That’s why researchers at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre have been working so hard to change the cervical cancer story. They know their local action is paving the way for the global eradication of cervical cancer.
Thankfully, there are people like you supporting their progress! I’m so incredibly grateful for your support.
Today, while you're reading this, I urge you to make a generous holiday donation. Your gift will help so that fewer women like me have to battle cervical cancer. And it will help ensure our daughters never go through what I did.
You see, researchers at BC Women’s are leading the way in the science of preventing cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer has been proven to be linked to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Thanks to research, it’s possible to vaccinate to prevent HPV infection.
These brilliant researchers are determined to put an end to cervical cancer in our lifetime! They have a three part plan:
1. They are influencing international protocols for vaccination
2. They are creating screening tests for earlier detection
3. And they are advancing treatment for a disease that takes lives needlessly.
I’m happy to tell you that I’m thriving today, two years after my diagnosis. I chose surgery to remove my cancer. Today I’m alive and here for my family.
As for the future: with your help, my daughters and other women won’t experience cervical cancer, thanks to the vaccine.
With that in mind, you’ll be happy to know that BC Women’s researchers are working to make vaccination and screening even easier. They are dedicated to battling a disease that claims the lives of women across the globe by starting right here.
Your gift to the women of BC will soon be British Columbia’s gift to the rest of the world. You can change things for the girl next door, as well as girls and women who are the most impoverished or marginalized – indigenous women, immigrants and low-income women will all benefit from your support of this historical work.
BC Women’s researchers are creating and sharing new knowledge, but they can’t do it alone. It will take the help of visionary donors, like you, to initiate the global change that will soon turn cervical cancer into a distant memory.
You can help eradicate cervical cancer forever – at home and abroad. That’s a powerful gift to give this holiday season. Please make your donation without delay.
With warmest wishes for you and yours,
Mother of Two Daughters, and Cervical Cancer Survivor
P.S. You can be a part of medical history this holiday season by making your donation to BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. Let’s stop cervical cancer in its tracks!