My name is Grace Cowley, and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma on November 28, 2018.
I had been living abroad after graduating from university and returned to Canada after months of not feeling well but being unable to figure out what was wrong. I underwent six months of chemotherapy at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, and it was there that I was introduced to the Lymphoma Canada resources. I scoured the brochures and poured over the survivor stories which inspired me and prepared me for the battle ahead.
This year, after receiving a clean scan in July, I began to brainstorm ways that I could give back to my community after the amazing care that I received, and as a way to write a new chapter in my cancer journey.
On January 11th at Badenoch Community Centre in Puslinch, Ontario, I hosted a benefit concert where myself and several other artists performed in a coffee-house style concert. Between the concert tickets, silent auction, and people’s generous online donations, together we raised a total of $3,245 for Lymphoma Canada! The concert was a huge success, and I’m incredibly grateful for everyone’s support (especially those who braved the freezing rain to be at the concert!)
If you would like to watch the concert recording, please contact Grace Cowley at: Grace.firstname.lastname@example.org