Lee Pettersen and daughters
Ali (right) and Kate (left) say when their mom Lee (centre) was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer it taught them not to sweat the small stuff and brought them even closer together. (Photo: TPMCF)​

Seven years ago, Lee Pettersen lost her husband - CFL legend Leif Pettersen - suddenly and tragically to a heart attack.

Just seven short months later, Lee would find out from a routine check-up that she had stage IV ovarian cancer.

In honour of Mother's Day and World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8, Lee sat down with her daughters, Kate and Ali, to share how a cancer diagnosis has changed their perspectives on life and brought them closer together as a family.

They shared their story on The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation blog here

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