Nancy Ann Hamill


Nancy Ann Hamill Alberton, PE

In 1995 at the age of 27, Nancy Ann Hamill was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Whenshe started her chemotherapy her cancer was already in stage 4. After enduring 8 months of chemotherapy Nancy began the long and difficult road to recovery that also included a bone marrow transplant, lung and gall bladder surgery and several bouts of pneumonia. It was during this time that Nancy promised herself that when, not if, she became better she would become an advocate for all things cancer. True to her word, Nancy vol-unteers approximately 800 hours a year through-out Prince EdwardIsland.Currently Nancy is involved in a number of volunteer activities but her main volunteer contributions involve the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) where she serves on their Board of Directors. Deeply committed to this orga-nization and to cancer research Nancy fundraises for Relay for Life where she captains a relay team and in the past four years has raised over $38,000 for cancer research. She has spoken yearly at the Survivors Lap Ceremony and her team has consis-tently raised some of the highest amounts for the CCS. She has also spoken at numerous information sessions about prevention, advocacy and healthy lifestyle on behalf of the CCS. In addition Nancy is one of approximately ten island volunteers involved in Cancer Connection, a support program where peers provide support to people diagnosed with cancer. Currently, Nancy is also in the final stages of finishing a recipe book about Prince Edward Island cuisine, where all the proceeds will go to cancer research. Inaddition, Nancy is an original member of the PEI Cancer Control Strategy and also a member of the West Prince Division of the PEICCS. In 2005 Nancy was one of six Canadians to receive the national Medal of Courage—awarded to individuals who exhibit outstanding and unusual courage while combat-ing their own personal battle with cancer—all the while helping others and contributing significantly to help further the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. Today, Nancy is a mother and wife as well as an avid athlete who is currently training for the Boston Marathon, having already completed her first marathon in 2005. In the fall of 2007, Nancy will travel overseas to lend a hand to her newest volunteer initiative—Global Habitat for Humanity. At 39 years of age, Nancy Ann Hamill has already accomplished more for her community in cancer advocacy and throughout Prince Edward Island than most will do in their lifetime.


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