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Andrew Greenlaw

Monthly Donor Andrew Greenlaw supports his Mom, Sister, Friends and his community one month AT a time

Andrew Greenlaw lost his father Ken to cancer in 2008. His mom, Kathy is currently fighting secondary breast cancer. Just a few weeks ago, he received a surprise email from a friend in his scuba club - she is about to have surgery for throat cancer.

Greenlaw Family

Unfortunately, cancer is a big part of Andrew’s life and he is doing something about it. One month at a time.

His first donation to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation came after an emotional moment with a university classmate. “I was sitting at a campus pub with a friend who discreetly told me her doctor had just recommended a double mastectomy,” recalls Andrew.

Andrew decided to take action. He began searching for a place to donate his money. He wanted a charity that worked in the community. A place devoted to research and to improving the lives of people and their families saddled with a fight against cancer. He found what he was looking for at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. He became a monthly donor and has been giving ever since.

“I feel good about my monthly donation. I like to think that one day there will be some kind of research breakthrough here in Ottawa that impacts people’s lives. And when it happens, I can go to the Cancer Foundation website and say ‘I was a part of that. Cool.”

As a monthly donor for over seven years, Andrew has given to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation 84 times...and it makes him feel good each time to know he is helping someone in his community.

“It may be my mother, it may be my sisters, it may be a friend. Someone I love. It’s nice that I’m making a difference in the world. I’m giving my money to people who are making the world a better place.”

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