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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Mrs. Lily Fielding Celebrates Legacy of Hope with the Northern Cancer Foundation

ON –
 Friends and family of
Mrs. Lily Fielding gathered at Fielding Memorial Park Monday afternoon to
acknowledge and celebrate her legacy of giving to the Northern Cancer
Foundation. Since 2004, Mrs. Fielding has given over $1.6 million to the
Northeast Cancer Centre, making her the single largest donor in its history.


Jason Perdue, Mrs. Fielding’s eldest great-grandson spoke
about the many lessons that he has learned from his grandmother and how he now
tries to emulate those experiences in his own life.


“When I think of my great grandma, I see a woman of
incredible strength and courage. I see a person who takes any adversity, and
turns it into a life lesson and an opportunity to create change,” he said.
After losing her daughter, her son and her oldest grandchild to cancer, she
perservered. “One thing that’s always stood out to me, is that grandma has told
me many times that this community has graciously given our family so much,
which is why it’s so important to her to give back.”<br>


Maureen Lacroix, former chair of the Northern Cancer
Foundation Board of Directors remembered first meeting Mrs. Fielding 14 years
ago and being impressed with her passion and dedication for community fundraising
at the grassroots level. <br>


Looking back to 2004, a lot has changed at the Northeast
Cancer Centre. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments have become more efficient
and more effective, research has taken a leap forward and has become more
advanced. Mrs. Fieldings donations have been at the root of that - they laid
the groundwork for the Northern Cancer Foundation to keep pace and advance
alongside cancer care.<br>


“Mrs. Fielding has created a legacy of hope in our city,”
says Tannys Laughren, Executive Director of the Northern Cancer Foundation, “her
support of the Northeast Cancer Centre over the last 14 years has been so kind
and so generous. Her philanthropy inspires us to take her values forward in the
work we do. We look up to her as I’m sure all of our community does.”<br>

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