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Samantha’s Story

Lawrence suddenly stopped walking at 19 months old. Not long after, he was diagnosed with leukemia.

“In that moment, I’d never felt so scared or powerless,” says his mom Samantha. When Lawrence began treatment, Samantha would drive every day to Toronto. Then she was introduced to Southlake’s Stronach Regional Cancer Centre so he could be close to home. “I couldn’t imagine the extra burden of continuing to drive to the city every day for Lawrence’s treatment. Being here means everything for our family.”

From the time Samantha and Lawrence arrived at Southlake, she says the team treated them with warmth and kindness.

They were devoted to giving Lawrence the best care possible. Each day, we’d talk on the way home about how much fun he had with the nurses and volunteers, especially Marjorie, a volunteer who gave him a small present the first day to help him forget about the IVs and needles. They saved his life.


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