When Mary Jon was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma in November , 2005 there was very little lymphoma information available to the patients, certainly nothing available in her area. Finding this unacceptable, she along with two other patients started the Waterloo Region Chapter of Lymphoma Canada (currently known as the SW Ontario Chapter). This educational and peer to peer support group in now in its 10th year.
Besides chairing this chapter, Mary Jon is a member of our Patient & Family Advisory Committee and the Patient Support and Research Committee. She is also a peer mentor.
In addition, she can be seen volunteering at various Lymphoma Canada initiatives.
Mary Jon believes it is essential that patients learn about their disease and actively participate in all their treatment decisions.