Welcome to Pass It On.

A supportive cancer care resource that provides tips from experts, inspirational stories and a forum for connecting with patients and their loved ones.

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We Care for Caregivers

Posted on April 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

As any person with cancer knows, a cancer diagnosis also affects your family members, friends and caregivers. Oftentimes, the anxiety, worries and fears can be as overwhelming for them as they are for the patient. Wellspring understands that these stresses have the potential to change the way patients and their caregivers relate to one another,… [Read More]

Lynne Barone

Posted on April 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

                  The moment she walked through the doors of Wellspring Westerkirk House for the very first time, Lynne Barone knew she was where she needed to be. The positive difference she saw in herself after attending sessions with the Breast Cancer Support group and The Healing Journey,… [Read More]

Lynn Novokowsky

Posted on April 4th, 2014 | 6 Comments

               Lynn Novokowsky is a veteran Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan volunteer, seeing the centre come to life from an idea, right though to its expansion 14 years later. Lynn first became involved with Wellspring in 2000 while her brother was battling cancer. She was given given tickets to attend an… [Read More]

Staffing Announcement

Posted on March 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

It gives us great pleasure to share three pieces of good news.  As you know Elsha Leventis, our Downtown Toronto Centre Manager is on the verge of retirement. We are very sad to see her go, but are thrilled to know she is moving on to many new and exciting opportunities.  In seeking a replacement… [Read More]

Yaslyma Ramsankar (Lima)

Posted on March 7th, 2014 | 6 Comments

            Yaslyma affectionately known at Wellspring as Lima, was given the shocking news that she had stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer, (cancer in the pancreas, intestine and liver) with a prognosis of six months to live and no available treatment. Understandably, Lima was, distraught, and angry, Lima felt hopeless and just… [Read More]

Patients with metastatic cancer (also called advanced cancer) often have heightened health and wellness challenges, long-term engagement with the medical system, and uncertainties about the future.  Wellspring offers a support group program for patients living with advanced disease where they can share their stories, challenges and questions in a safe and confidential setting. The Advanced… [Read More]

 This March, Downtown Centre Manager Elsha Leventis will begin yet another exciting chapter in her life after retiring from Wellspring, where she has volunteered and worked for the past 12 years.    Previous chapters included a long spell as a stay-at-home mom raising four children while earning a university degree and two diplomas – one… [Read More]

“I’m on Long Term Disability and my income is only 65% of when I was working. My expenses are way beyond my monthly income. I’m having trouble meeting my mortgage payments. Should I use my RRSPs to try and get by financially? Is this a good option?What other options should I consider?” Many people with… [Read More]

Getting ready for Tax Time

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

It’s tax time again, and many cancer patients have extra medical costs that could be used as a tax credit. On your annual income tax, there is the Medical Expenses Tax Credit. For the 2013 tax year, the credit is $2,152 or three percent of your net income – whichever is less. So if your… [Read More]

Your New Job: Caregiver for Your Loved One

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment

“So here you are.  A caregiver.  This big, new job you just got – the one you never applied for, the one you never really wanted – is challenging, intense, and probably overwhelming.  But you can do a great deal to help your loved one get the best care possible.  And you are probably very… [Read More]