Doves of Hope 2017
Dedicated paper doves are strung together and hung in the Princess Margaret for the annual ceremony. (Photo: TPMCF)

The 17th annual Doves of Hope ceremony at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre honoured loved ones touched by cancer.

One of the people remembered at last week's ceremony was Aaron Higgins, a young father who lost his battle with cancer one year ago tomorrow, Dec. 20, 2016, at age 32, just before his daughter's second Christmas.

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2009.

His father Tom Higgins spoke at the ceremony about how his son was a great friend, husband, father and doctor and enjoyed sharing his gift of enjoying life with everyone he met.

The family also lost their daughter Rachel to cancer four years before Aaron was diagnosed.

​"We are grateful to The Princess Margaret team for the care given to our children and are glad to have played a part in this year's Doves of Hope campaign," Tom said during the ceremony.

More than 11,000 doves, each one representing one person and their unique journey, hung in the Cancer Centre as a symbol of hope.

The Doves of Hope Campaign is helping to change the lives of people with cancer and bringing hope to their families. Watch the moving video tribute to Aaron and learn more about the Doves of Hope.​

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