Marking 25 years of hope: Luncheon of Hope welcomes Jeanne BekerPosted 26 September 2023 at 3:49pm
Marking 25 years of hope: Luncheon of Hope welcomes Jeanne Beker
The Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) and the Luncheon of Hope Committee are excited to welcome acclaimed Canadian journalist, media personality and fashion entrepreneur Jeanne Beker as the keynote speaker at this year’s event at noon on November 14th at the Caruso Club.
From interviewing rock stars to becoming an icon of Fashion Television, Jeanne Beker’s life has been full of adventure, but none like the one she faced after her 70th birthday when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dedicated to normalizing conversations about cancer, Jeanne will be joining this year’s Luncheon of Hope presented by RBC Wealth Management to share her story with our community.
“The diagnosis came as a shock to me, but I knew that I could take this as opportunity to educate and inspire others. Breast cancer is treatable when caught early, and having gone through this journey, I’ve come to the incredible realization of just how many people genuinely cared about my progress and were standing in my corner cheering me on,” says Jeanne Beker.
To date, the Luncheon of Hope presented by RBC Wealth Management has raised over $1.1milion to help support the purchase of specialized breast cancer equipment and fund breast cancer research, which has directly benefited patients at the Shirley and Jim Fielding Northeast Cancer Center at Health Sciences North.
“The Shirley and Jim Fielding Northeast Cancer Centre has seen over 1800 breast cancer patients from across Northeastern Ontario in the last year. We are thankful to our community for supporting this event in order to make a difference for breast cancer patients and their families these last 25 years, today and into the future,” says Anthony Keating, President and CDO of the Foundations and Volunteer Groups at Health Sciences North.
The Luncheon has thrived over the years thanks to passionate committee members like Meri-Lynn Butler who joined the Luncheon of Hope Committee in 2009 after a close friend of hers had lost her battle with breast cancer.
“We had always attended the Luncheon, and I saw getting involved as an opportunity to honour her,” says Meri-Lynn. “The committee is made up of unstoppable volunteers, and the funds raised impact not only our family and neighbours, but those far beyond our community here in Sudbury.”
Tickets are $75 each, or $600 for a table of 8. For additional information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Through supporting the Luncheon of Hope, we have the opportunity to continue making a difference for breast cancer patients today and for years to come.