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Cristina's Care Fund

september, 2013

Cristina Roque had “this spark” to life. She was full of life, she was caring and she was passionate. Cristina was actively involved in the community as a Sampo Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach, a coach with the Sudburian Soccer Club, a yoga instructor, and an elementary school teacher. She left a lasting impression, says those who knew her. 

on March 5, 2012 at the age of 29, Cristina died after a four year battle with Non-Hodgkins's lymphoma.

Even when she was in the hospital, Cristina wanted to make life a little easier for everyone around her. After she and her mom, Fran, discovered there were only enough televisions for half the patients on 5W, The Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit at the Ottawa General Hospital, Cristina wanted to help. 

Fran recalls her daughter said, “Mom, we should try to raise money to help out and get a TV for each room, so the patients and their caregivers are able to access them when they want.” On another occasion, Cristina baked cupcakes for the nursing staff at the hospital. 

Despite being sick, and travelling from Sudbury to Ottawa for treatments on a regular basis, Cristina kept looking on the bright side. She was lucky to receive some help from the Little Angel's Blood Cancer Fund, who helped her and her family cover fees like travel expenses, parking and food. 

Knowing she'd want to help in a similar way, Fran and friends of Cristina decided to do something about it. 

“When I think back now over the years we were friends, I try to pick out her most important lessons and the impressions she has left on me,” her friend Liija Cassidy Eskola said. She was constantly driven to improve the quality of life and experiences of those around her. 

Cristina would be “so proud” to know she was helping others who went through the trails of travelling to deal with the disease.

The Cristina Care Fund has been set up at the Northern Cancer Foundation in Sudbury for anyone who wishes to donate

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