The Lionel Strang Story
In September of 2014, Lionel was diagnosed with stage four melanoma, and told to prepare for the worst. His doctors estimated he would have about one more year left to live. With the one year anniversary of his diagnosis approaching, Lionel, his friends, and family decided to host a fundraising barbecue in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, located in Toronto, is the largest cancer centre in Canada, and one of the five largest cancer centres in the world.
Lionel soon came to realize that aside from the physical effects of cancer, the disease also had some serious mental effects for him, his family and friends. Princess Margaret is home to the Psychosocial Oncology Clinic, which provides mental support to cancer patients and their families. Lionel's annual "One More Year" barbecue raises funds in support for this clinic, so they can continue improving the mental health of those affected by cancer.
This year, Lionel will be walking from the front doors of Princess Margaret in Toronto to his home in Midhurst, ON. The journey is 100km long. When asked why he is taking this journey, Lionel said "It’s pretty simple really, because I’m one of the fortunate ones. I walk for Keith who left us at the age of 56, Bruce who deals with stage one prostate cancer, I walk for Kevin who passed away at the age of 49, Doreen a fellow patient who’s cheerful personality carried me through difficult days before she left us. I walk for the millions of people trying to cope with the daily mental stress of having cancer."