Lab West boy featured in documentary
Labrador West has a major role in the production of a documentary on a rare form of cancer.
When Gail Hodge’s son was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2009, the Labrador City woman had never heard of the disease.
“My search for information turned up almost nothing,” she told the Aurora. “It was a long, lonely road; my son’s diagnosis was scary, and the treatment scarier.”
Then little was known about the disease that affects mostly younger children and young adults, but can affect adults as well.
In her quest for information, Hodge discovered the Ewing’s Cancer Foundation of Canada. The foundation was founded by Tina and Bernie Pernica and their son Reid, who was diagnosed with the sarcoma. The family decided in 2008 that people had to be informed and educated about the disease.
“It’s a disease that is often misdiagnosed,” Hodge explained, “and one that is often hard to find.” Many physicians may only see one or two cases in their entire career.
Hodge was eventually invited to sit on the board of directors of the foundation as director of Eastern Development. Her son completed his treatments and is a survivor.