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Hope through Hearth

Story and photos by Hillary Di Menna

Mayor John Henry cut the cake with Hearth Place Staff.

There are many types of Cancer: breast, colon, prostate, lung, cervical, brain, kidney, liver, head and neck… But the impact it has on human life can be unanimously summed up with one word: tragic. A Cancer diagnoses is often coupled with a sense of hopelessness and loneliness.

Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre has tried to ease the seclusion since 1997. On April 19, the centre announced it was awarded a three-year grant of $220,400 from the Trillium Foundation. The money will be used to hire four new part-time staff members for the facility that has 2,400 clients. The organization was grateful, as it is not government funded but based on donations and fundraising such as their new campaign looking for the “Hero of the Year.”

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Daffodil Month to brighten up Oshawa

Story by Stephanie Foden

The Canadian Cancer Society daffodil pin.

Cheery yellow daffodils will brighten up Oshawa and the Durham Region starting today as the Canadian Cancer Society launches Daffodil Month.  Held every April, Daffodil Month is a national fundraising campaign of the Canadian Cancer Society. During the month, Society volunteers are involved with numerous activities to raise vital funds for the fight against cancer.

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Don’t just stand there, walk for life

From September 17 to September 24, a nation will walk together against AIDS.

The Scotiabank Walk For Life is an event communities are embracing across Canada. Downtown Oshawa’s event will take part September 24. In groups or alone, participants will gather at Oshawa city hall, located at 50 Centre St. S., at 9 a.m. to register. An hour later the opening ceremonies will begin, followed by a walk to raise funds and awareness for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Durham College’s Pride Committee, Women’s Centre and Lesbain Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Centre (LGBTQ) will be among participants.

According to the Scotiabank Aids Walk For Life website, 68,000 Canadians have HIV/AIDS. A third of those people are unaware they are living with the disease. There is not yet a cure or vaccine.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS. With a fragile immune system, people are susceptible to infections.

The AIDS Committee of Durham Region is a non-profit organization that raises funds to fight AIDS as well as offering support services and prevention education. Slap on supportive button and participate in the walk downtown Oshawa on September 24.

For more information, visit the committee’s website or join their Facebook group.

Story by Hillary Di Menna