Inspiring Women – meet Cristina Roque and the Cristina Care Fund-NCF
I had the honour to be Cristina’s mother, born on October 19, 1982. She was my first born and full of an insatiable tenacity and a passion for experiencing and enjoying life that was contagious.
At the age of 25, after graduating from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Large B Cell. Her prognosis was a 90% success rate, as she was a young and healthy woman. She started with eight rounds of chemo, losing her hair (and realizing she was not her hair), and being put into menopause to preserve her eggs. She was then cleared and her next adventure took her to Northern BC on a teaching job.
Cancer came back, not once, but twice after the initial diagnosis. Two stem cell transplants and countless months spent living on the Ottawa General Hospital Campus; Cristina lost her battle on March 5, 2012.
In the months that followed her passing we looked to the example she set for us and out of our own sadness we found a way to bring some of the happiness, kindness and comfort she did. Her ability and willingness to find positivity in her life is what sparked the conversation about Cristina Care Fund-NCF.
Cristina Care fund-NCF raises money for local cancer patients who must travel for cancer treatment. The difference these funds make in people’s lives is very real, all funds raise go directly to patients from the Northern Cancer Foundation. Cristina had a vision to help ease the suffering of the patients she saw throughout her hospital stays, and they are our driving motivation.
We have a combination of fundraisers, our biggest being an annual Cristina’s Coffee House Fundraiser, held next on May 1, 2020. Our annual Bucket List Dream Raffle has tickets on sale soon. Draw is in February and the winners get $5000 to spend with Expedia Cruise Ship Centers. To date, Cristina Care Fund – NCF has raised $144,000.00 and 195 patients have accessed the fund.
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