My name is Mary McDonald.
I am a breast cancer survivor after being diagnosed at 41.
I am a daughter of a mother who lost her life to ovarian cancer when she was 55.
I am a mother who lost a daughter to breast cancer when she was 34. And a mother who supported a second daughter through a preventative double-mastectomy when she was only 24.
We are a family struck by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome. This means one or more genetic mutations have been passed down through the generations that dramatically increase our chances of getting breast and ovarian cancer. Most of us with HBOC syndrome have grown up watching many of our loved ones suffer and die. We have the constant fear of being next. Being part of an HBOC syndrome family can be a living nightmare and my own family is no exception.
But there is hope. And I need your help.
Every March, people across Alberta get excited about two things: spring and Full House Lottery.
This year's Full House Lottery prizes promise to have some extra swagger. Whether it's the luxurious homes, incredible vehicles, amazing vacation packages, or the hundreds of other prizes, Full House Lottery continues to be Alberta' favourite lottery, combining great prizes with a great cause.
For women in central and northern Alberta who require surgery to treat gynecological cancers, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is the epicentre for specialized and critical care. The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation will use proceeds from Full House Lottery 2014 to support the purchase of a da Vinci Robotic Surgical System — the first robot dedicated specifically to women’s cancer surgery in Canada. This state-of-the-art equipment plays a vital role in the fight against cancer and will mean a much shorter hospital stay, less pain, minimal scarring and a significantly faster recovery for women suffering from cancers of the uterus, endometrium or cervix.
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"It makes an operation...almost a work of art"
Watch a compelling video about the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and how it saved one young woman's life.
The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is fundraising for the purchase of a dedicated women's health da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. This will be the first robot specifically for women's health in Canada.
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women: All Ages, All Stages
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women is an epicenter for women's health in Western Canada. This "hospital within a hospital" provides ground-breaking medical procedures and state-of-the-art technology to its patients, while never losing the focus of providing compassionate patient care for women of all ages and in all stages of life. Our latest YouTube video provides an overview of this remarkable place of hope and healing.
Leadership in Women's Health
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women: excellence in care for women of all ages and in all stages of life.
Located in the Robbins Pavilion at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is an epicenter for ground-breaking procedures and state-of-the-art technology while never losing the focus of providing compassionate patient care.
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women consolidates specialized services for women under one roof, improving accessibility and quality of care. This new and modern facility provides expanded space for Women’s Health programs, access to the latest technology and supports bold new research to help women of all ages and in all stages in life.
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women began receiving patients in May 2010, and it was the culmination of four years of community support that has built one of the finest hospitals in Canada.