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CanCertainly Fund

Less Negative, More Positive, More Life
Hanspaul Singh Saund: Cancer Survivor is launching the canCertainly Live Life Fund at Cedars Cancer Foundation to raise money for the CanSupport program which provides cancer patients and their families with practical, educational, emotional and humanitarian support.

On March 17, 2009, just three days after his 27th birthday, Hanspaul Singh Saund was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer involving cells of the immune system. For many, receiving a cancer diagnosis is a traumatic, life-changing moment. For Hanspaul, it was somewhat of a relief—a relief to finally know the cause of his medical issues so that he could get started on beating it.
For the next five months, Hanspaul went through grueling chemotherapy treatments at a pace of one four-hour session every two weeks followed by 3 weeks of daily radiation therapy as a precaution to prevent the cancer from reoccurring. The entire experience left him unable to work for 10 months.
Like many young men, Hanspaul prided himself with projecting an image of strength. But his cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments made him feel like he was constantly being viewed through sympathetic eyes. He told himself that he didn’t need the concern from his family or friends, nor did he see how it would help his situation. What he wanted most was a return to normalcy. But at the same time, Hanspaul needed an outlet for all his thoughts and feelings. He eventually found that outlet in the form of a website and blog called, which he started writing a month after his first set of treatments.
It wasn’t until a year later that Hanspaul said he felt ready to share it with the world and made it public. He continues to update the site with messages of hope and positive thinking, encouraging others to “exchange our fears for faith, our ignorance for inspiration and the negative connotation of cancer to cancertainly.”
Two years later, Hanspaul now sees the value of support and is an active volunteer with the Cedars Cancer Foundation’s CanSupport program, which provides cancer patients and their families with practical, educational, emotional and humanitarian support. Part of his reason for giving back is in thanks for the care he received at the MUHC. He referred to his attending nurses as “angels”, adding, “The care I received there was great, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
While the worst of the cancer is now behind him, Hanspaul admits the memories of it will never go away. “I was diagnosed with cancer, and there’s not a day that goes by that this fact isn’t with me,” he said. “But I don’t let it define me. It’s not who I am.” Instead, Hanspaul calls his diagnosis a “blessing in disguise” that has enriched his life. He said it has helped him make better choices, live better and has created the opportunity for him to give back by being there for cancer patients.

We are so pleased to welcome Hanspaul's fund to Cedars. We are very excited about this upcoming initiative that will bring hope to cancer patients and their families. If you would like to read Hanspaul's blog, please visit

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