Ringing out cancer at CCH

CORNWALL – It was music to the ears of those in the cancer treatment department at Cornwall Community Hospital.

Lillian Coleman was the first cancer patient to ring the bell in the chemotherapy unit Friday (July 15), signalling an end to her round of 18 treatments for lung cancer.

“I never completed my first round of treatments in Ottawa but I finished this round and couldn’t be more excited to ring the bell for the first time,” Coleman said.

The bell was donated by Marcel and Denise Lalande, donors to the Cornwall Hospital Foundation and Denise is a cancer survivor.

“I’m so pleased! The first of many rings for that bell! It’s nice to see her journey here complete. Ringing the bell is a symbol of hope but also has the intention to honour those who do not have that same opportunity,” Lalande said.

The chemo unit opened on the fifth floor of CCH on Feb. 26, 2016 following an intense fundraising campaign that brought in $400,000 in one year to equip the department.