My journey started in roughly 2006. I was having constant stomach issues when I would travel to see my girlfriend in New York, and was l not feeling well overall. I brushed it off the first couple of times thinking maybe I’m allergic to her or New York in general; but after awhile I decided to have it checked out. My doctor told me it was likely food poisoning. After several return visits, and much convincing on my part, he sent me for an ultrasound; however, I didn’t receive a response from the doctor. No news is good news right? Not in this case. I was feeling poorly again and called my doctor to request the results of my ultrasound. It turned out that my ultrasound had come back abnormal and I was referred to an oncologist at North York General Hospital. >> read more
Fighting cancer with a basketball tournament
Sheri Shefa, Staff Reporter, Monday, July 2, 2012
Mark Benmoise with his niece
TORONTO — Twenty-five-year-old cancer survivor Mark Benmoise’s commitment to raising funds and awareness about the disease has earned him the designation as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) Honoured Hero.
On Oct. 3, Benmoise will be joining hundreds of Torontonians for the second time on the Light the Night Walk, an event run by LLSC, which raises funds for Canadian researchers who focus on leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease.
Benmoise, who is one of 90,000 Canadians living with, or in remission from blood cancers, raised about $5,500 last year for the walk.
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Shoot 4 A Cure
By: Esther MoyalJune 24, 2012 Shoot 4 A Cure is a charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament to fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
100% of the proceeds go to support efforts to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
The tournament was founded by Mark Benmoise, a survivor of nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma. Mark was selected as the Honoured Hero for Light the Night, an annual fundraising walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Mark’s goal is to raise $25,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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I'm not a hero,' says cancer survivor
By Sammy Hudes
17.07.2012 Approximately six years have passed since the day Mark Benmoise first began feeling the symptoms, but the 25-year-old cancer survivor doesn’t plan to stop fighting the disease any time soon.
In 2006, Benmoise went to visit his girlfriend in New York and felt sick during his stay. Not thinking anything of it, he made a second trip to New York a month and a half later and was once again ill during his visit. Benmoise, who was 19 at the time, assumed it was food poisoning. But when he made a third visit a few months later and once again experienced the same symptoms as before, it was clear that something wasn’t quite right.
At the advice of his sister, Benmoise went to his doctor and insisted on taking an ultrasound. The results came back looking a tad abnormal, so the doctor referred him to an oncologist.
“At the time, I didn’t really have a lot of experience with [cancer] and didn’t know that an oncologist meant that’s what their specialty was,” said Benmoise. >> read more
Not a hero, cancer survivor insists
Mark Benmoise does not consider himself a hero.
He calls himself a survivor.
“People keep saying, ‘You are a hero’. I continue to tell people I am not a hero. People fighting cancer now are the real heroes,” he said.
The Thornhill resident will be honoured July 23 at the Light The Night Walk, which raises funds for blood cancer research and patient services.
“He exemplifies hope for all those battling blood cancer ... His positive attitude and energy continues to inspire us all,” said Andrea Swinton, executive director of Ontario Region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. >> read more