Sally Lo

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

A ver­i­ta­ble force within the phil­an­thropic com­mu­nity, Sally Lo is the founder and hon­orary pres­i­dent of the Hong Kong Can­cer Fund and has been work­ing to sup­port can­cer pa­tients for the past two decades.

“No one should face can­cer alone. I can still re­mem­ber the des­per­a­tion I ex­pe­ri­enced when I heard a dear friend was di­ag­nosed with can­cer. It was 27 years ago and can­cer was a taboo in Hong Kong, and there was nowhere I could find any in­for­ma­tion or sup­port for her. Since the Can­cer Fund was es­tab­lished, we have set up a net­work of Can­cer Pa­tient Re­source Cen­tres in each of the ma­jor hos­pi­tals and three Cancer­link cen­tres in the com­mu­nity, proven to be a life­line for mil­lions of peo­ple. Our free pro­fes­sional care not only helps in­di­vid­u­als, but also their care­tak­ers, fam­ily and friends. We aim to fill the gaps by pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional ser­vices for free, such as di­etetic con­sul­ta­tions and psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling. We are also ex­pand­ing our ar­ray of well­ness pro­grammes. Over 2,000 peo­ple a week use our holis­tic health ac­tiv­i­ties, which range from yoga and tai chi to art ther­apy. Our next big plan is to open an­other com­mu­nity can­cer sup­port cen­tre. Mak­ing screen­ings and drugs ac­ces­si­ble for all is re­ally im­por­tant, as early de­tec­tion and treat­ment saves lives. On top of phys­i­cal fit­ness, well­ness is also im­per­a­tive to deal with the hus­tle and bus­tle of Hong

Kong. At the Can­cer Fund, we learned from work­ing with our users that pos­i­tive think­ing is vi­tal for self-heal­ing, and main­tain­ing a healthy bal­ance of the mind, body and soul is the key to joy­ful living. We raise funds in ev­ery cor­ner of Hong Kong, ask­ing peo­ple to join our Cir­cle of Friends and do­nate monthly. We also run cam­paigns that raise aware­ness of can­cer and en­cour­age peo­ple to give for a mean­ing­ful cause. With­out any sup­port from the gov­ern­ment or the Com­mu­nity Chest, we rely on the gen­eros­ity of the gen­eral public.”

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