Every day, 300 cancer patients walk through the doors of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s. Here is the story of one.

In November 2014, at the age of 35, Nikki Parrell’s life changed. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. With the unwavering love and support of her husband, Chris, daughter, “Becks” and a large circle of family and friends, Nikki faced her diagnosis head on. Her goal: to come out even healthier and stronger than before.

Nikki’s treatment plan at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre included six rounds of chemotherapy and 24 rounds of radiation treatment.  Administered by the caring and compassionate cancer care team at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, Nikki credits the first class treatment and care she received with giving her the inspiration and determination to help  her along her journey.

Nikki was the first cancer patient to ring the Bell of Hope during the official launch of the “Let Hope Ring” program in Newfoundland and Labrador. She was filled with hope for the future as she walked out the doors of the Cancer Centre upon completing her chemotherapy.  She knew that she still had to complete her radiation, but felt confident that the strength and resolve that had brought her this far would continue through the next phase of her cancer journey.

She did just that. On May 12, 2016, Nikki celebrated her biggest milestone – being declared cancer free!

It is through the support of our donors that we can continue to provide the best cancer treatment equipment and care in our province – and to provide each and every cancer patient a way to celebrate their milestones – both big and small – along their journey.  Cancer patients want nothing more than to treat their cancers, and to get back to their lives and their families – Nikki Parrell has done just that.