Surviving & Thriving (2012)

On June 11, 2012, ELLICSR hosted the 3rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD).

This year, we honoured the late Dr. Robert Buckman with our Surviving & Thriving theme that celebrated survivor stories through artistic expression.

Here's a look back at the day's events:

Words from the Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura Adams

Image of Dr. Laura Adams from NCSD 2012
Dr. Laura Adams presents to the crowd

Dr. Laura Adams is the President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI).

Adams spoke with wit, charm and remarkable honesty about the challenges she faced as a cancer survivor and how that drives her to make the care in her own health care system more patient friendly.

Panel Discussion

At the event, health experts and attendees discussed difficult questions like "How can we help each other move?" and "How do we get friends and family to listen to us?"


  • Dr. Brian Goldman is a highly regarded emergency physician at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital for over 20 years. Dr. Goldman has also parlayed his medical expertise into an award-winning career in medical journalism.
  • Dr. Chandra Martens is Radiation Oncologist and has started her own centre offering medical and psychological support for cancer patients, survivors, and their families throughout their diagnosis, treatment and beyond treatment.
  • Robert Hawke is an actor, author and patient advocate. He has performed for physicians, nurses, medical students, cancer survivors and their families. He has shared in a Canadian Comedy Award and is a Gemini Award Nominated Writer.
  • Christy Brissette completed her nutrition degree at Ryerson University and completed her Dietetic Internship at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Workshop Events

Some of the workshops that took place during the event were Art for Cancer, Art of Movement, CuisineART and Laughing in the Face of Cancer.

Programme Overview

View the programme for the day (PDF).

Articles About the Event



Interested in attending wellness classes? The ELLICSR resource library also has information on nutrition, health related topics and general health and wellness. Patients and families are more than welcome to come to ELLICSR and browse our library for books, pamphlets and other resources.

Or find more information about Wellness classes at ELLICSR.

If you'd like to get involved with next year's celebration, call the ELLICSR reception desk at 416 581 8620.