A few months ago, Renee (our son Mark’s fiancé), found a lump in her breast. After a biopsy, it was indeed found to be cancerous. After a lumpectomy and biopsy of lymphatic tissues, more cells were found in the lymphatic tissues – but this was caught in time!
Renee is now going through chemotherapy for a 16 week course and is doing very well!
In support of Renee, the mother of my grandson and a fellow woman, I have decided to shear off my long locks on July 02, 2013; but I want to make this more than just solidarity with this wonderful young lady who I will be able to call my daughter next year when she and my son wed, I wanted this to help others.
For those who know me personally, you know that I am supportive of various projects: WETRA (therapeutic riding association), WMAD (women making a difference – water projects in Ghana, support of education of the Trokosi women), The Wel-Come House in Windsor, Bethel Gospel Church in Edmonton, AB (my brother George is one of the deacons – this is our connection!) and also the QD Youth Program (education/help for victims of sexual assault). So many programs that truly need support…. I decided to devote all donations toward the QD Youth Program. You can get more information about the program at:
Breast cancer research is now front and centre and has millions of dollars donated each year toward research –I think that is awesome! I wanted to donate to a lesser known, and sadly far too commonly needed program; a program that is there to educate and support the youth and communities about sexual assault. Creating a safe place for youth to ask the really hard questions and having someone who will actually give the answers, a woman who has the life experience of having a life after such a traumatic occurrence. Melissa also counsels free of charge to literally hundreds of survivors each year that need the support of a fellow survivor.
If you wish to make a donation, you may do so in 3 ways:
On line via my web site www.equinerehab.ca by clicking on the ‘application form’ button – this is a PayPal service only;
or you may use a bank transfer to my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org (please copy and paste);
or you may mail a cheque to my home address: Sidonia McIntyre 2776 South Talbot Rd Cottam, ON N0R 1B0. Made out to me and I will put all donations together for one (hopefully!) large cheque.
I will post my picture on my web site under ‘Sidonia’s ongoing volunteer projects’ located at the bottom of the web site – with the tally too!
My hair is also being donated to “Locks of Love”.
I thank you in advance for your support and ask that you certainly pass this information on!