Reeta Roy & Jim Muldoon

A legacy
of love

Reeta Roy & Jim Muldoon

Dear friend,

It’s hard to believe but it will soon be a year since Jim died from stomach cancer. I am forever grateful for your love and support of Jim and me throughout his illness, and of me as I continue to find a new rhythm in my life.

Even during a tough year, there have been moments of light and hope. One of these moments, is a deepening connection with Dr. Eric Chen and his team at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, who provided Jim with such excellent, compassionate medical care. I wanted to “give back” and support their work in a way that would benefit other patients and families living with stomach cancer.

I have identified a research project led by Dr. Chen that examines a long-standing chemotherapy drug called Cisplatin which is commonly used to treat stomach cancer. By measuring the amount of Cisplatin in a patient’s tissue, we may be able to determine how likely a tumour is to recur after surgery. This information will help us personalize chemotherapy treatments for each patient.

So, together with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, we have set up a stomach cancer research fund. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to cover the costs of tissue analysis and a clinical fellow to support Dr. Chen’s research. I would appreciate your help sharing this campaign with your families and friends.

I will be matching all contributions up to $50,000.

Donate now

This is a legacy of love, it began with Jim, and continues on. Together, we can make a difference.


Love,

Reeta

You can also make a contribution by cheque:

By mail
ATTN: Christy Morrow
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
610 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9
* Please reference the Stomach Cancer Research Fund

By courier
700 University Ave., 10th floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z5

The Story

When Reeta met Jim

A young love blossoms as Reeta and Jim start their life journey together.

Jim is diagnosed

Jim is diagnosed with late-stage stomach cancer. The news leaves the couple with many questions about the future.

Jim begins treatment

After some convincing, Jim begins his treatment with multiple rounds of chemotherapy.

Saying good-bye

After a brave, two-year battle with stomach cancer, Jim passes away.

Giving back

Reeta gives back to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to honour Jim.



Reeta will match your donation up to a maximum of $50,000.*

Donate

A Legacy of Love in The Globe and Mail

Years ago, I was told, “Marriage prepares you for shared leadership.” I did not grasp the profundity of this wisdom. Now, I do.

Fresh out of college, I met Jim Muldoon at a seminar in New York. That encounter was the start of a 30-year romance and partnership.

Read Reeta's Leadership Lab article in The Globe and Mail >>

The Impact

All proceeds raised will go towards a stomach cancer fund to support Dr. Eric Chen’s research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

Dr. Chen grew up in China and received his first degree there in pharmacology. He later came to study in Canada where he attended medical school at the University of Toronto.

Currently, Dr. Eric Chen works as a staff Medical Oncologist in the department of medical oncology and hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He has been working with The Princess Margaret for 15 years and specializes in treating patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes cancer found in areas such as the esophagus, stomach, colon, and rectum.

With your generous support, Dr. Chen and his team will continue to develop better and more effective cancer treatments for patients.



What is stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer is a disease in which cells in the stomach can become malignant and form a tumor. The tumor can then spread to other parts of the body and destroy nearby tissue. Stomach cancer most commonly begins in the inner layer of the stomach wall. This is called gastric mucosa. Sometimes cells in the stomach can change, making them abnormal but not cancerous. These cells would still need to be treated, otherwise they may become cancerous in the future. Over the years, the number of cases of stomach cancer have been declining, and though North America has one of the lowest incidence rates, stomach cancer is still one of the most common cancers worldwide. Higher risk areas around the world include China, Korea, Japan, and Eastern Europe.

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Bloating
  • Bloody stool
  • Buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • Darkening of skin on body folds and creases
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Wart-like growths on skin

What are the treatment options?

A few factors would determine the ideal treatment plan for someone with stomach cancer including the stage of the cancer, location of the tumor, and the individual's overall health.

  • Surgery to remove the tumour
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Targeted therapy through the use of drugs

The internship

In support of my campaign, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is offering one 6-week paid internship with the Brand Communications department.

Upon completion of a donation, you will have the option of nominating a student who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution. This student can then apply for the internship.


Donate to Nominate

Important Information

Internship Start Date and Pay

The 6-week paid internship will begin at a mutually convenient time.


Selection Process

A panel of three marketing experts from The Foundation along with Reeta Roy will review applicants and select the successful candidate. Only the successful candidate will be notified and the decision will be posted on The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation website.


Any Questions?

You can email your questions to christopher.wang@thepmcf.ca or call 416.946.4501 ext.4994


Messages of Love

Messages of Love offers a place to memorialize Jim and to connect with others who have felt Jim's legacy.

Donors will have the option of leaving a message of love on the guestbook upon completion of the online donation process.

Thank you!