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.”