Geoff and his family
"I'll get to see my daughters grow up, graduate, marry and possibly have kids of their own," says Geoff Gericke, a 33-year-old from Bella Coola, B.C., pictured with his family. (Photo: Courtesy Geoff Gericke)

Within the walls of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, doves are displayed as part of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's (The PMCF) Doves of Hope campaign.

Every dove symbolizes hope and strength and represents the story of one person and their unique journey with cancer. Thanks to The PMCF donor community, thousands of doves have been dedicated, and more are coming in every day.

Raising more than $15 million since its launch in 2000, the campaign is changing the lives of cancer patients.

Every gift made through Doves of Hope enables the Princess Margaret to transform the cancer experience for patients, by discovering how to treat cancers earlier, and more efficiently than ever before. Donors help give real hope to people living with cancer.

As part of this year's campaign, Geoff Gericke, who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare cancer of the lining of the lung – shared his story. Geoff, a 33-year-old resident of Bella Coola, B. C. was determined to make his way to Ontario after his research led him to discover the novel treatment Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy (SMART), which is only offered at the Princess Margaret.

It was hope that brought Geoff to the Princess Margaret. Today, he is cancer free.

"I'll get to see my daughters grow up, graduate, marry, and possibly have kids of their own," Geoff says.

"Your gifts have given me time to be there for my kids and wife."


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