Illuminight Patient Ambassadors: Joanne Kiers

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Joanne Kiers of Dunnville had a chronic cough that did not go away. She was shocked when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2013 – despite never smoking a day in her life.

Treatment began with surgery to remove a portion of her lung. Unfortunately, the cancer began to spread throughout her lymphatic system. Joanne started a regimen of chemotherapy in early 2014, which was successful in slowing the cancer’s progression.

The cancer became aggressive again in 2019, so she began an innovative program of treatment. Testing revealed that her cancer had a specific genetic mutation that could be targeted with oral medication.

Joanne’s cancer journey continues and her therapy is ongoing. She looks to the past with gratitude and toward the future with hope.

“Thanks to the incredible doctors and staff, I’m able to enjoy my time with loved ones and I can continue my passion of working with animals in need.”

Joanne will be sharing her story as a Patient Ambassador at Illuminight on October 4, 2019. Register and fundraise at hamiltonhealth.ca/illuminight.