Riders, Cameco launch cancer fighting program for Sask. women
The sea of green at Mosaic stadium in Regina may look more like a sea of pink come October.
Cameco Touchdown for Dreams will be selling pink roughrider merchandise at the October 20 home game as part of a fundraiser to help women across Saskatchewan fight cancer.
A gala Thursday evening at the Delta Bessborough will go to purchase a mobile unit that will be deployed to Northern Saskatchewan to test women for cancer and educate youth on prevention.
The program is a collaboration between the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Cameco and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
“We think that we’re tough and that we do all those things. That’s not tough. This is tough and this is a true fight,” said Corey Chamblin, head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
He was among a crowd gathered in Saskatoon Thursday to hear from a cancer survivor who is the first of five recipients of the Cameco Touchdown For Dreams’ program.
“She talked about remission or not being in remission, that’s the true heart of a fighter. We’re just football but it means a lot to us to be able to be able to stand behind someone who wants to fight,” said Chamblin.
Megan Wells, 27-year-old mother from Dundurn, was diagnosed with a rare form of oral cancer a year and a half ago.
She was nominated by her social worker through the Saskatoon Cancer Centre.
“She asked me what my dream would be, and this was back in the fall, and I thought maybe a trip would be nice but after really spending time in my home after my recovery I thought I should probably fix things here so every day can be a little bit more like a vacation,” said Wells.
She said her dream would be to have a better functioning home for her two-year-old daughter.
She said when she found out she would be given her dream through the program, she was in shock, called her mother and started crying.
It’s one thing to think that it could happen, but even the renovations, the demolitions are starting on Saturday so to think in two weeks I’ll have a brand new space, it’s unreal,” said Wells.
She described her current home as a “fixer-upper”. With her recovery, Wells said she has allowed the home to become abstract, roughly taking out a wall in the kitchen in order to make the space easier to manage.
Cameco along with North ridge Development Corporation are working on Well’s home and yard, gutting the kitchen and putting in new appliances.
“I don’t even really know what to expect but I’m expecting it will be well done, I know they have an amazing reputation,” said Wells.
Amid sobs, Wells said she was humbled that she would receive this help and that she has met some amazing women who truly deserve a dream fulfilled.
“I know that myself, I was in denial with what was happening with my tongue, I know that obviously if you catch cancer quicker, the better the chances of survival are, so that part is amazing but to know that other women will have their dreams met and be able to experience life and to celebrate for that moment and I’m really happy that other women will have that experience.”
The Cameco touchdown For Dreams project is a three year partnership initiative that will attempt to make the dreams of five women diagnosed with life-threatening cancer come true.