At Queen’s, the goals are many but the most important one is quite simple: to help students discover, develop, and follow their passions. As parents, we all want this for our children. And this is now the place they call home.
I’d like you to introduce you to Jamaica Cass – a student who has found something about which she is extremely passionate. She’s dedicating her Queen’s education and research to finding a cure for breast cancer.
Jamaica is a PhD student in the Collaborative Cancer Program at Queen’s. This program unites six departments across the University with the collective goal of advancing cancer research. It brings together scientists from anatomy, biochemistry, epidemiology, microbiology and immunology who might otherwise never come into contact, but who now share a common goal – to work together to create different treatment options and outcomes for patients with breast cancer.
And this kind of collaboration is happening right across campus. Teams of professors are working together to provide cutting edge courses designed to inspire transformative thinking and innovation. This is the environment your student has the opportunity to live and study in.
Such opportunities are exceptional – they enable cross-specialty collaboration which leads to innovation. And innovation leads to discovery.
1 in 9 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. These are our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our friends. It often seems as though everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I felt it was fitting to share this story – it speaks to the global reach and impact of the work being done at Queen’s. As an alumnus and parent, I am so proud to be affiliated with a University that is part of the solutions to world-wide issues.
And the best part is that Jamaica Cass is not unique. Queen’s students - our sons and daughters - are learning, discovering and innovating. Working together to make a difference. Paving the way for the future. As we know, they have the spirit, the ambition and the initiative. All they need is the opportunity.
That’s where we come in. By making your gift to the Queen's Parents Fund today, you are providing opportunities like these to students across campus, including your own child.
Please take a moment to add your support to the 2013-14 Queen’s Annual Appeal, where every donor, every dollar, every gift creates opportunity.
Tim Turnbull, ArtSci‘79
Parent to Matt, Artsci’11