Western Regional Blog – BC, YK, AB, NWT and Nunavut
I am Helena Tse, a grade 12 student from Burnaby, British Columbia. My cousin, who is one year younger than I am, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. This is my second year as an Ovarian Cancer Canada volunteer and I feel honoured to be constructing a link between Ovarian Cancer Canada and my high school, Burnaby South Secondary.
As the president of Rebels’ Reach for Cancer Club, I have the opportunity to initiate campaigns and increase youth awareness about ovarian cancer. I understand many teens are indifferent towards cancer as we feel we are too young to encounter such life-threatening diseases.
Our cancer club has hosted Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Knowledge is Power awareness presentation twice in the Michael J. Fox Theatre located right beside our school. Although I am not the smoothest speaker, I felt it was important for me to speak to fellow students and demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning about ovarian cancer. It was tremendously rewarding, knowing that the presentation educated the 300 audience members and gave them important information that will assist them in the future.
It has been a challenging yet very rewarding journey. The campaigns we execute may be overlooked by some but we know they have reached many others. We also feel the deep appreciation of those who have been affected by cancer. I am very proud to be a volunteer of Ovarian Cancer Canada and although I plan to leave BC for my post-secondary education, I will continue to be a dedicated volunteer with Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Originally published by Ovarian Cancer Canada Seed of Hope Newswire, April 17, 2013