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Raising funds, awareness and hope

Pam Clancey, left, Cheryl Miller and Nicole Clancey.

By Shannon O’Dea Dawson

Cheryl’s Girls raise spirits as they gather together and support Cheryl Miller who continues her battle with breast cancer. In 2007, when she was first diagnosed, a small group decided to do the breast cancer walk in support of her fight. The group grew in 2008, led by Cheryl’s sister Pam Clancey and Pam’s daughter Nicole Clancey, to include friends, family and co-workers.

Ms. Miller had worked with Financial and Administrative Services at Memorial since 1984 but has focused on recovering since being diagnosed in May 2007.
Ms. Miller is not alone. She is one of the estimated 22,700 women to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Canada and one of the 150,000 women having been diagnosed and living with breast cancer in the past decade. One in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. With early detection and treatment the five-year survival rate for breast cancer in Canada is now 87 per cent – and that is cause for hope.

“Cheryl is in the fight of her life and continues to inspire all those who know her,” said Pam Clancey. “She is living with grace, determination and optimism. The support she’s received has been inspirational.”

Cheryl’s Girls were recently recognized by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for their fundraising efforts. The plaque is placed in the office where Cheryl worked as a daily reminder of their friendship and hope.

On Oct. 4 Cheryl’s Girls are taking the steps necessary to help create a world without breast cancer by lacing up for the annual Run for the Cure breast cancer walk around Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s. If you’d like to support, help raise awareness and reach a new goal, contact Pam Clancey at or Christine Wareham at