Do you know someone who had or has cancer?

It’s a sad fact that we all have likely been touched by cancer. You probably know someone who has lost their life to cancer or who is facing it courageously today.

The Doves of Hope campaign is a very special annual tradition at The Princess Margaret Hospital. Last year, supporters created a Dove of Hope – over 12,000 doves soared in The Princess Margaret lobby, each representing someone who has been touched by cancer.

This year, people are encouraged to visit the Doves of Hope website and create a Dove Personal Page in honour of someone who has fought cancer or to give hope to those loved ones who are currently battling cancer.

The Doves of Hope collectively symbolize hope and strength for cancer patients and their families during the holidays, and unite everyone together with one main goal – to conquer cancer.

I’ve created a Dove Personal Page for my grandmother who lost her battle with cancer far too young. Here is her page:

It’s simple to create a page in honour of your loved one; you can share their personal story and add a photo to honour that person. It only takes a few minutes to set up a page and you can then share it via email or on social media. Encourage friends and family to make a donation to the Princess Margaret in honour of that person through your Dove page.

You can also support friends and family by contributing to their Dove page and making a donation. Find a Dove from others, or even read other heartfelt tributes that have been shared.


All donations to the Doves of Hope campaign will help make lifesaving breakthroughs, new cancer treatments and innovative support programs possible at one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The goal is to advance Personalized Cancer Medicine for more patients by finding the right treatment for the right patient at the right time.

Over the past 12 years, 55,000 Doves of Hope have been displayed in the atrium of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and online. All of the doves form an inspiring display of hope for the patients, families and staff who are fighting cancer today.

Your support of the Doves of Hope campaign makes a real difference to those fighting cancer right now.

Create a dove today and help give hope to patients fighting cancer this holiday season.

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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