Dr. Dhun Noria, who has survived beeast cancer twice, says no one should have to suffer from the disease at teh Nov. 14 launch of the Scarborough World Gala fundraiser. The Scarborough Hospital Foundation's goal for its second annual gala is to raise $2 million to support TSH's integrated cancer care program.

Second Scarborough World Gala goal to raise $2M for cancer research

Dr. Dhun Noria to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Scarborough Hospital Foundation gala

Dr. Dhun Noria survived breast cancer. Twice.

On Nov. 14, The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) chief of laboratory medicine and medical director of laboratories helped launch TSH Foundation’s second annual Scarborough World Gala, set for May 10.

“No one should have to suffer or die from this disease,” said Noria, who is set to be honoured at the gala with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “Through help and generous support both personally and corporately, we can beat this disease and eventually claim victory.”

The kick-off event, held at the Gardiner Museum, is the start of a fundraising campaign in support of TSH’s integrated cancer care program. The goal of the campaign is to raise $2 million, double the $1 million raised by last year’s gala for the hospital’s chronic kidney disease program.

Dr. Dhun Noria, left, with Arlyne Tiam.
Dr. Dhun Noria, left, and Arlyne Tiam are both survivors of breast cancer. Tiam has published a book, Riding the Behemoth, in which she explains her personal journey. (Radina Vencheva/Scarborough Observer)

“I was particularly impressed with the World Gala from last year, being able to raise $1 million that benefited the nephrology program,” TSH president and CEO Robert Biron said. “This year, the foundation is stepping up their game in increasing the target by a significant amount to $2 million.”

The Nov. 14 launch featured several special guests, including: Dr. Marla Shapiro, CTV News medical consultant and U of T associate professor of family and community medicine; Dr. Tak Mak, director of the Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; and Dr. Eric Hurowitz, gastroenterologist at TSH.

“For the residents of Scarborough, the opportunity for a rapid diagnostic centre where they would be supported and cared for — not only on a medical and physiological level, but also on an emotional level — is here,” Shapiro said.

“Today, we have raised $855,000 already,” said Dr. Neville Poy, the 2014 World Gala chair and last year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Noria's family has been her greatest support in her battle with cancer.
Dr. Dhun Noria’s family has been her greatest support in her battles with cancer, she says. From left: Zubin, Sabrena, Dr. Dhun Noria and her husband Farokh Noria. Farokh Noria is a nuclear physicist and businessman. Zubin helps his father with the business and Sabrena is a surgeon. (Radina Vencheva/Scarborough Observer)

According to Noria, an estimated 23,800 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer across Canada in 2013. Of these, 5,000 will die.

Men aren’t spared either, she said. This year alone, 200 Canadian men will be diagnosed and 60 will die from the disease.

“As much as you’ve dug deep into your pockets, dig deeper again, because the easiest thing that we ever do is write a cheque,” Shapiro said. “The hardest thing that we ever do is to have to tell people the diagnosis and then support them through it.”

All money raised during the campaign will go toward TSH’s cancer care program. The World Gala will be held at the Sheraton Centre Grand Ball Room at 123 Queen St. W. on May 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.