Did you know that 50,000 Canadians will acquire a facial difference as a result of trauma or a health issue?
Giving to The Becky Thomson Hope Fund helps AboutFace direct your donation to the area of most urgent need. Given Becky’s personal experience, priority will be given to supporting adults with an acquired facial difference.
BECKY’S 25 YEAR LEGACY OF COURAGE AND SUPPORT
As a client, volunteer and donor, Becky Thomson knows all too well the value of an organization like AboutFace. She has been involved with AboutFace from the very beginning, leaning on the organization for support during her 25 year battle with skin cancer on her face.
For over 50 years, Becky has battled cancer; first breast cancer, then skin cancer on her nose and cheek. Being the eternal optimist that she is, Becky turned her journey into a legacy of support and dedication to AboutFace and others living with cancer. On just her face alone, she endured fourteen surgeries, which resulted in the loss of her nose and part of her cheek. More recently, she has had several bouts with more cancer on her chin and neck. Although looking at her today, you would never know given the carefully placed prosthetic, the twinkle in her brilliant blue eyes, and captivating smile.
In addition to receiving support from AboutFace, Becky has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, advocate for individuals with a facial difference, and provide support to clients facing similar challenges. She embodies the full meaning of AboutFace, experience, care, compassion and friendship.
Becky has lived with cancer for more than 50 years. Her first encounter was in 1962, when she lost her left breast. Over the course of 25 years as she prepared to have reconstructive surgery the doctors identified the skin cancer and it changed her life forever. In 1988, while in hospital and listening to Andy Barrie on CFRB, Becky reached out to AboutFace, meeting Betty Bednar and has never looked back. Her journey has been a long and often precarious one. She is a pioneer and trailblazer in her own right. A woman who changed the face of cancer. To read Becky’s full story CLICK HERE.
The Becky Thomson Hope Fund is a way for AboutFace to honour Becky’s many years of service and dedication to the organization. It reflects her personal passion of helping others and enables AboutFace to focus on the area of most need. Priority will be given to our adult programs and services to encourage, empower and inspire them to live full productive lives, just like Becky
To get this fund started, our goal is to raise $10,000 this Spring – that’s only 500 gifts of $20!
Please help us achieve this goal and celebrate with Becky and many survivors like her.
Our friends at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre did a wonderful video featuring long time friend and volunteer of AboutFace - Becky Thomson. Becky lost her nose to skin cancer years ago. After being fitted with a custom prosthesis at Sunnybrook and with the support of AboutFace she's now thriving. Watch her inspiring story and meet two of the anaplastologists at Sunnybrook's craniofacial prosthetics unit.
Click below to watch Becky's story....