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Research funding helps save a young boy's vision and life

Stephanie and Liam Hermsen

Stephanie Hermsen was 9 months old when she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, in 1976. Although the treatment available at that time was successful in saving Stephanie's life, she lost her right eye.

A generation later, Stephanie's son Liam was born. Thanks to advances in early detection and treatment, Liam's retinoblastoma was diagnosed at birth and treated successfully. Today Liam has 20/20 vision and, like his mom, is cancer free.

"Thanks to the incredible progress in retinoblastoma research made possible by Canadian Cancer Society funding, Liam won't have to go through what I did. I'm much less scared of what the future holds for him," Stephanie says.

The Canadian Cancer Society is proud that the research we've funded since the 1980s into retinoblastoma has contributed to the high survival rate in Canada. Now, Canadian children and their families no longer need to fear a form of cancer that would have meant blindness or death just a few decades ago.

The Canadian Cancer Society funds more research into more types of cancer than any other national charity in Canada. Learn more about the exciting research we are currently funding.