Patient's stories

Mai Duong


Saved by a cell stem transplant, Mai Duong issues a heartfelt appeal for the Integrated Cancer Centre.

My name is Mai Duong and I’m the mother of a beautiful little girl named Alice. If my name and face seem familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen me in the media. Why all this attention, you ask? I had leukemia and I was desperately searching for a stem cell donor who could give me a chance to beat this terrible disease. I was terrified of dying…

Today, almost three years after my cord blood stem cell transplant, I’m thrilled to report that I’m doing very well. It’s too early to declare victory, but I’m very hopeful, and I’m treasuring every moment that I get to spend with my husband and my beautiful Alice, whom I was so scared of never seeing again.

A compassionate, dedicated medical team

During my cancer treatments, I was able to rely on the support, expertise, and kindness of the entire HMR medical team. Each time I visited the hospital, I could tell that everyone there was committed to helping me get better. Underneath their professional demeanour, I could see the deeply empathetic side of these men and women who dedicate their lives to healing people.

And now I’m committed to giving back by continuing to recruit compassionate people who are interested in supporting the Integrated Cancer Centre, a crucial project that will give the Oncology team the means to provide each patient with a soothing environment, personalized attention, and access to the most advanced treatments for their specific type of cancer.