Dove Dedication Ceremony honours loved ones touched by cancer


The 17th annual Doves of Hope ceremony at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre honoured loved ones touched by cancer.

One of the people remembered at the Dec. 13 ceremony was Aaron Higgins, a young father who lost his battle with cancer nearly a year ago at the age of 32, just before his daughter’s second Christmas.

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2009.

His father Tom Higgins spoke at the ceremony about how his son was a great friend, husband, father and doctor and enjoyed sharing his gift of enjoying life with everyone he met.

(Tom Higgins speaks about his son during the ceremony)

The family also lost their daughter Rachel to cancer four years before Aaron was diagnosed.​

“We are grateful to The Princess Margaret team for the care given to our children and are glad to have  played a part in this year’s Doves of Hope campaign,” said Tom during the ceremony.

(The doves hang in the Cancer Centre as a symbol of hope)

More than 11,000 doves, each one representing one person and their unique journey, hung in the Cancer Centre as a symbol of hope.

The Doves of Hope Campaign is helping to change the lives of people with cancer and bringing hope to their families. To find out more or how to donate visit