Volunteers At The Princess Margaret Make All The Difference


Cancer entered Karen Freedman’s life when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in her late 30s, just as she became a new mother.
"It was a bit of a shock, I had a year-old baby girl…and I went through two types of chemo and two types of radiation," Karen says, recalling the journey she went through at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre a decade ago.

Today, Karen is doing well. But she maintains a connection to The Princess Margaret, through her volunteer work with the Healing Beyond the Body program.

The program, which recently received a $500,000 donation from CIBC, enlists volunteers like Karen to help provide support to patients who are dealing with cancer. The patients at The Princess Margaret rely on the compassion of volunteers who provide them with a meaningful connection on their road to recovery.

"We're super-lucky to have this hospital in Toronto and to be able to help as many people as we do," says Karen, who is among some 2,000 people volunteering at UHN.

In honour of National Volunteer Week, The Princess Margaret would like to say thank you to everyone who has made a difference through volunteering at the Cancer Centre. 

Each volunteer has a unique story and the ability to spread hope through the work they do.