Julie MacKinnon

Julie and Brent MacKinnon sit on their step with their two dogs.

  On my 50th birthday, I received the most devastating news. They had found a mass: My husband of 27 years, Brent, had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. “I’m so sorry I have this now and you have to go through it again,” he said. My response was, “I’m… Read more “Julie MacKinnon”

Carrie Ann Maloney

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Carrie Ann Maloney: Fighting for Time, Fighting for Family “Cancer doesn’t define me, but it is threatening to take away everything we
worked so hard for. It is relentless and cruel.” Carrie Ann Maloney knows she’ll never ring the bell to signify that she’s cancer free, but she
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Tanya Jessome

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“When I was first diagnosed with bladder cancer, I was absolutely devastated. I was only 38 years old and the word ‘cancer’ was terrifying. I was a young Mom of three, living in Bras d’Or, and I wasn’t ready to battle this disease. It was May of 2014, but it… Read more “Tanya Jessome”

A Tribute to Cayla Toomey

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Cayla Toomey couldn’t remember her wedding day. Not because she was caught up in the moment, or because it was a whirlwind day. She doesn’t remember her wedding because she was barely conscious, and her family thought she was breathing some of her last breaths. On April 9, 2020, Cayla first… Read more “A Tribute to Cayla Toomey”

Brenda’s Story – Bringing Concentrated Care Home to Cape Breton

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“When I was told I had stage II pancreatic cancer, it was like the wind was taken from me. Time stood still for a moment, but it seemed like forever. Then I heard my sister’s voice saying, “We will get through this.” I knew we would. My name is Brenda McCarthy and… Read more “Brenda’s Story – Bringing Concentrated Care Home to Cape Breton”

Jennifer’s Story

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I could have gone back to have all my cancer treatment at Mass General Hospital, America’s #1 Research Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s original and largest teaching hospital, but I wanted to have my treatment at home – and that’s what Cape Breton is to me. My name is Jennifer MacDonald and… Read more “Jennifer’s Story”

Caleb’s Courage

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With tears in her eyes and a smile on her face, Nicole Forgeron lovingly recounts a time when her son, Caleb, gathered his four siblings in his arms and posed for a fun family photo. “He adored them. They were his world, and he was theirs.” She described the tight-knit… Read more “Caleb’s Courage”

Harland’s Story

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“I’m starting to feel much better. I don’t have to get chemotherapy anymore and I don’t feel as sick. My name is Harland Fraser and I was diagnosed with a brain tumor this year. The kind of cancer that I had is only in 4% of kids who have cancer,… Read more “Harland’s Story”

Danielle’s Story

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I thought this past December would be my last Christmas. I honestly did. I didn’t know how I was going to explain this to my 4 daughters… After a diagnosis of cancer, I felt as though my world came crashing down around me. I felt like my life had completely… Read more “Danielle’s Story”

Jeff’s Story

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Jeff Mills’ Story: My life was almost cut short this year. I survived, but without proper cardiac care and operating room equipment, many won’t. The Executioner. That was the name of the boat I was asked to help fix. It’s also a fitting name for the boat that nearly took my… Read more “Jeff’s Story”

Claire’s Story

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It was an act of kindness that offered Claire’s two children some sense of normalcy when she was battling cancer at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. It was your donations that gave them comfort. She was here in Cape Breton, but they were 200 kilometers away in Antigonish. At only 9… Read more “Claire’s Story”

Island Breast Friends

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A group of 5 women, called the Island Breast Friends have been raising money for Breast Cancer for nearly 14 years. On October 29th, they presented the Cancer Patient Care Fund with $8,500 to support cancer patients facing financial stuggles as a result of their diagnosis. The gorup, consiting of: Patsy… Read more “Island Breast Friends”

Autumn’s Story

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The sun dances on the right side of seventeen year old Autumn MacDonald’s face as she reflects on the shadows of her past. “I always felt like people were looking at me,” she explains about her struggle with social anxiety. “I would hide under the covers, not wanting to get… Read more “Autumn’s Story”

The Laurendeau Family

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Can you imagine spending a decade wishing for one special miracle? Well, my wife, Tanya, and I did—you helped our wish come true. For 10 years, Tanya and I tried to have a baby. Doctors confirmed that we were in good health, but we knew that even if we weren’t… Read more “The Laurendeau Family”

Mom and Baby: Laura MacNeil’s Story

Laura MacNeil and her husband Dan prepared for what would be one of the best blessings in life; the birth of their first child. Laura, a psychologist (candidate register) at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, had a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. She and Dan eagerly awaited the arrival of their… Read more “Mom and Baby: Laura MacNeil’s Story”

The Power of Positivity – Tanya’s Story

“Every day when I wake up, I live every day for that day,” reveals Tanya Gracie. At 38, she is a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, and a patient at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. “I knew something wasn’t right,” Tanya reflects on the months leading up to her diagnosis… Read more “The Power of Positivity – Tanya’s Story”

Giving at Home – Greg MacLean’s Story

Pressing his hands against a warm cup of tea, sixty-six year old Greg MacLean of Sydney River tells his nurse Margaret a story about his three and a half year old granddaughter, Ella. As Margaret hooks him up for 3.5 hours of chemotherapy treatment in the Cape Breton Cancer Centre,… Read more “Giving at Home – Greg MacLean’s Story”

Molly’s Story

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At 6 years old, Molly has a lot on her plate. With many medical concerns that make even the simplest of tasks difficult, Molly is as brave as they come. This past week, Molly’s uncle Joel and new aunt Caitlyn MacQueen made an incredible gift to the Cape Breton Regional… Read more “Molly’s Story”

Dylan’s Legacy

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He’ll never admit it, but he’s kind of a legend around here. Dylan Mombourquette is not only well-known for his years of punk rock in the Cape Breton music scene, as a drummer for Ricochet, session work with Lakewind Studios, Christmas Daddies and some other familiar local bands, but his… Read more “Dylan’s Legacy”

Jason’s Story

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“I can’t say I’ve had an easy life. I’ve had my struggles and my demons, but cancer was by far the worst. My name is Jason Fedora and I’ve spent a lot of my life in Alberta, but I’m a Cape Bretoner, through and through. Currently, the status of my… Read more “Jason’s Story”

Ellen’s Story

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This year, Ellen MacKenzie was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Everybody has that one thing in their lives that gives them incredible strength and determination. Something that offers them power that they never knew they had and allows them to overcome any physical or emotional obstacle. Mine is my five year… Read more “Ellen’s Story”

Joan’s legacy

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I give monthly and I do it in memory of Joan.” Sid Hardy lost his wife, Joan Hardy, 13 years ago. A beautiful life was cut short because of cancer. Sid sat down to tell us about Joan and her giving spirit that lives on. “I feel her with me every day,”… Read more “Joan’s legacy”

Danielle MacKinnon-Allen’s Story

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I have two daughters, Kinsley is 18 months old and Aselin is 4. Your children should never have to see you go through what mine have seen me go through this past year.  They have had to see me so sick, weak and in pain and in such fear for… Read more “Danielle MacKinnon-Allen’s Story”

Walk with Me: Connor’s Story

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“Everyone is afraid to say it,” Chelsea McLellan says boldly. “Suicide – nobody wants to talk about it.” At 21 years old, Chelsea hopes to someday pursue a career in psychology – but for her, the terrifying truth about suicide became real less than one year ago. “My brother was… Read more “Walk with Me: Connor’s Story”

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Because of our generous donors, our Foundation has invested more than $55 million into the healthcare community of Cape Breton. Thank you!

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So sweet ❤️❤️

Through the generosity of our donors, our Foundation was able to fund an 8-week 'Diverse Directions' program for Queer youth between 13-18.

Participants had movie nights, did some artwork, had great discussions and were provided with important mental health and other health-related resources.

Program Coordinator Chantelle Butts stopped by with a beautiful "thank you" gift from all of those who participated. We are honoured to receive this thoughtful gift, and want to share it with all of those who support our Foundation.

Because of you, this important program was able to happen. 💜

Pride Cape Breton Society
SchoolsPlus Glace Bay/ New Waterford
SchoolsPlus Northside/Victoria County
@Adolescent Outreach Services - Nova Scotia Health
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Through the generosity of our donors, our Foundation was able to fund an 8-week Diverse Directions program for Queer youth between 13-18.  

Participants had movie nights, did some artwork, had great discussions and were provided with important mental health and other health-related resources. 

Program Coordinator Chantelle Butts stopped by with a beautiful thank you gift from all of those who participated. We are honoured to receive this  thoughtful gift, and want to share it with all of those who support our Foundation. 

Because of you, this important program was able to happen. 💜

Pride Cape Breton Society 
SchoolsPlus Glace Bay/ New Waterford 
SchoolsPlus Northside/Victoria County 
@Adolescent Outreach Services - Nova Scotia Health
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