To give back to MSJ, Hong Kong singer to perform at Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala

Jan 11, 2018 | Spotlight

Pancy Lau speaking to news outlets at the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Press Conference. Pancy Lau speaking to news outlets at the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Press Conference.

One thing that stays in Pancy Fung Ping Lau’s mind when she considers her breast cancer experience is the giant hugs she received from one of the staff members at the Providence Breast Centre at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

She also mentions being warmly greeted by up to ten staff members during single visits to the centre. Receptionists, nurses, doctors, technicians. Of everyone who helped her, and continues to help her during her regular checkups, Pancy says she can “feel their compassion and love.”

Many grateful patients and their families support Mount Saint Joseph, making gifts to Feast of Fortune, which is MSJ’s annual fundraising gala, as well as giving throughout the year. To hear Pancy speak of her patient experience at MSJ, you can understand why patients maintain such strong ties with the hospital.

The importance of early detection

The staff member who gave those big hugs to Pancy is Imelda Villeneuve, a Nurse Navigator at the Providence Breast Centre whose job is to help women manage the often stressful logistics of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Pancy may well have felt something special in Imelda’s hugs. Imelda herself is a breast cancer survivor.

And as both Pancy and Imelda will tell you, early diagnosis is your best defence against breast cancer; and early diagnosis is the goal of this year’s Feast of Fortune, which hopes to raise enough funds to bring new breast cancer detection technology to MSJ.

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