2nd Healing Hope Brunch

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Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation presents the Healing Hope Brunch for the Cancer Department at Centenary Hospital.

Date:  March 30th, 1-5pm

Guest Speakers: Dr. Marietta Zorn, and Dr. Naresh Mohan

Featuring: Jimmey Reid, Mr. Cooper, Mel C, Forest Creek Steel Band Orchestra, Marley Edwards, Rochelle Robinson and Jestiena Salmon and Fashion Designs by Hylton House Designs, Premier Jour, N.I.S.E. Clothing and much more!

Host: Marcia Brown

Admission: $50

Location: St. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall237 Milner, Scarborough Ontario, M1S 5E3  Canada

For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: www.ticketgateway.com
or make a donation online here if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: https://2ndHealingHopeBrunchDonate.eventbrite.ca

 

Ms Letna’s Journey: A Cancer Story

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On December 16, 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was petrified, thinking that my life was coming to an end, as seen with so many others who have all gone before me. With the help of my family, daughter Yanique and my husband Arnold we vowed to fight the dreaded disease with everything we had. While going through my treatment, taking the cancer drug letrozole, multiple surgeries and reconstruction, it dawned on me that I should do something with my life instead of moping and crying everyday.

It is said that in their lifetime, one in six women will be affected by breast cancer, so we have to fight to erase that statistic. The thought of raising funds for the Rouge Valley Centenary hospital (my   treatment site) was running through my mind, so I decided to work towards it. I mentioned this idea to my doctors, and they all said that I should focus on my recovery first as the process may be too stressful on my body. Being the determined person that I am, I went ahead and planned the first “Ms. Letna Healing Hope Brunch”.

As a “Breast Cancer Survivor,” I have benefited from the services of the Centenary hospital, its team of doctors, oncologists, nurses, and volunteers. I pledged to give back to the hospital and I now aspire to double my efforts for the second year running. If I can replace one pair of surgical gloves, or even an injection needle, I may be able to help save a life from the dreaded effects of cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dr. Naresh Mohan, chief-of-staff at the Scarborough Centenary site, as well as Dr. Marietta Zorn, Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon will be the upcoming Guest Speakers at the Healing Hope Brunch. Last year, my cancer surgeon Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. Chiarotto my Oncologist were the guest speakers.

In 2013, the first year of this event, we raised $5,500 which went directly to the Breast Cancer Department. My goal is to increase or double that amount of funds to the hospital each year. I hope that over a five year period I can give the Cancer Department, especially the Breast Cancer Unit, a gift of $30,000 or more. I will also be donating $1000 (CAD) which is equivalent to $100,000 (JAM) to the Jamaica Cancer Society to provide Mammogram and Ultrasound for needy women who cannot afford to pay for this service.

How did I survive breast cancer while continuing to do the things I love? I don’t cry, I don’t complain, I pray, I go to work to ensure my company continues to operate, I continue with my acting, as well as continuing to perform at banquets, parties, anniversaries and much more.

I am now in discussion with the Olive Branch of Hope organization and with The Taibu Community Health Services in Scarborough to host a “Scarborough Breast Cancer Support Group” for ethnic women. My hope is that this service will enlighten women about the disease as well as give them support to cope with it and to help them have a positive attitude which will give them the will to continue to live.

My wish is to see all women free of this dreadful disease, if not in my lifetime, hopefully in the lifetime of the next generation.

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Hylton House Designs to be Featured at the Healing Hope Brunch

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Hylton House carries show stopping designer originals that will remain in a lady’s closet for a life time. Their fashions are for the woman who wants to be-or is-more than average. The Hylton House collection evolved from personal fashions constructed by the founder and Director of Fashion, Sharon Wickham-Hylton, a woman who is more than average! Sharon regularly wore her original designs out to events. That’s where the compliments began, which were quickly followed by the requests for her to create incredible outfits for others and styling for film and television.

Ms. Hylton uses a wide range of fabrics imported from across the border and from other continents. Tasteful chiffons, stretch fibres, bold colours and metallic-the wide range appeals to one’s imagination with a classical-yet-modern flavour that works extremely well together.

Embracing the diversity in woman of all shapes and sizes, ethnic backgrounds and personalities, Hylton House will wow us in the fashion show for the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch.

Check out Hylton House below

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www.hyltonhouse.ca

Event Info:

Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation present the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch benefitting the Cancer Department at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto

Featuring: Fashion Show by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions with designs from  Mina Danielle and Hylton House; Rayon & Paulette White; Dave “Comfort” Vassell; Donnett Thompson-Hall; Rochelle Robinson; and Sharon Dongen

Hosted by: Marcia Brown

Date: Sunday, 7 April, 2013
Cost: $50
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 237 Milner Ave

For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-286-4857, 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: 
http://www.ticketgateway.com/ticketing/events.php?out=side&shareid=1534
or make a donation online here if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: http://msletnahealinghope.eventbrite.ca

Music by Sharon Dongen at the Healing Hope Brunch

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Sharon Dongen has had a dynamic professional career working in the IT corporate world for over 32 years. She served as a Supervisor of Information Technology for the Call Centre and Computer Operations at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for over 27 years.

Sharon is now retired from the stressful world of the corporate world. The second half of her life has now begun. She now focuses on the things she truly loves; her family, her home, her garden, her music and helping those in need.

Sharon has never taken guitar lesson. She is a self- taught musician who learnt how to play by simply toying around with the only item she took with her when she migrated from Jamaica in 1976. Her guitar!

Sharon will be entertaining us with her guitar and vocals at the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch.

Event Info:

Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation present the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch benefitting the Cancer Department at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto

Featuring: Fashion Show by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions with designs from  Mina Danielle and Hylton House; Rayon & Paulette White; Dave “Comfort” Vassell; Donnett Thompson-Hall; Rochelle Robinson; Sharon Dongen; and Dylan and Amanda Boyd

Hosted by: Marcia Brown

Date: Sunday, 7 April, 2013
Cost: $50
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 237 Milner Ave

For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-286-4857, 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: 
http://www.ticketgateway.com/ticketing/events.php?out=side&shareid=1534
or make a donation online here if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: http://msletnahealinghope.eventbrite.ca

Scarborough Mirror Write Up – Healing Hope Brunch

Cancer diagnosis inspires actress to create fundraising event for Rouge Valley
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Letna Allen-Rowe felt fear the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Dec. 16, 2011.

“I was torn apart that day,” she said.

But Allen-Rowe found courage, and having successfully undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the Centenary campus of the Rouge Valley Health System in Scarborough, she wants to help the hospital that saved her life, she said.

Inspiration gave her the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch, next Sunday April 7, as a way to do it.

An actress and singer – she’s known for appearing in the play I Need to Know My Father in venues around Toronto – Allen-Rowe will be joined at Saints Peter and Paul Banquet Hall on Milner Avenue by other entertainers including gospel singer Donett Thompson-Hall, and Dave “Comfort” Vassell, a romantic reggae balladeer.

The afternoon also features a fashion show by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions and Rouge Valley’s Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto will speak.

It was in Asano’s office, Allen-Rowe said, that she decided on a benefit luncheon whose proceeds will go to the Rouge Valley Centenary Oncology Program.

“This is one way I get to pay back,” said Allen-Rowe, who was recuperating from her latest surgery, which she had on March 7, and thinks the brunch will help her own process of healing.

It’s not just medical equipment the $50-per-person event can buy, she said. The oncology lounge, for example, needs some new chairs.

One in three Canadian families will be touched by cancer one way or another. Allen-Rowe’s mother died of cervical cancer, and her husband has had kidney cancer.

But though many people with cancer hide their diagnosis “under a bushel” she hasn’t.

“Everywhere I go, I talk about it,” said Allen-Rowe. “It’s not a death sentence. I’m fabulous as I am, and I’m not going anywhere.”

A Jamaican-Canadian, she said she hopes to see people of every ethnic background at the benefit “because cancer is no respecter of persons. It’s everybody’s disease, not just mine.”

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketgateway.com online, in person at Rouge Valley Health System Foundation’s Centenary office on Ellesmere Road, or by calling 416-281-7342. More information is on Allen-Rowe’s website, www.MsLetna.com

Source: http://www.insidetoronto.com/community-story/2517244-cancer-diagnosis-inspires-actress-to-create-fundraising-event-for-rouge-valley/

Dave “Comfort” Vassell to Serenade Us at the Healing Hope Fundraiser

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With an appetite for good music and a stomach for fun, Comfort, (aka) Dave C Vassell, combines his childhood fantasy of fun with an adult’s perspective of relaxation and peace of mind.

He states, ‟Music is a gift from God above and should not be taken lightly or misused. I truly believe musicians are like shepherds leading the Fathers children. A well-written piece of music can influence millions of God’s children. My greatest desire will be to see people of all race and nations stand up hand in hand and rejoice together through the universal language – MUSIC”.

With a range of musical exposure, which spans from Reggae, R&B, Ska, Gospel and Soul, Comfort has performed at home and abroad as the lead singer for Toronto’s Ska sensational band, The Arsenals.

Comfort has opened the stage for the likes of Third World, Toots and the Matals, Freddy McGreggor,Morgan Heritage, Shaggy, Bounty Killa, Vybes Cartel Anthony B, Wayne Wonder, Steve Knight, Len Hammond, Buju Banton, General Trees, Brigadier Jerry, Peaches and Herb, the Manhattans, K-OS, Mos Def, Divine Earth Essence, Dawn Silva and Jill Scott.

Comfort soothes his audiences with his sensual and commanding voice that seems to suggest, “This is only the beginning”. Be sure to get your ticket for the Healing Hope fundraiser Brunch, happening April 7th, to vibe to his smooth tunes.

Comfort can be contacted below

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http://www.arsenalska.com

Event Info:

Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation present the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch benefitting the Cancer Department at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto

Featuring: Fashion Show by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions with designs from  Mina Danielle and Hylton House; Rayon & Paulette White; Dave “Comfort” Vassell; Donnett Thompson-Hall; Rochelle Robinson; and Sharon Dongen

Hosted by: Marcia Brown

Date: Sunday, 7 April, 2013
Cost: $50
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 237 Milner Ave

For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-286-4857, 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: 
http://www.ticketgateway.com/ticketing/events.php?out=side&shareid=1534
or make a donation online here if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: http://msletnahealinghope.eventbrite.ca

Rochelle Robinson to Dance at Healing Hope Fundraiser

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Rochelle Robinson is a 17-year-old straight-A French immersion high school student. She has great passion for the arts and is an aspiring and committed dancer, singer, and actress.

She co-starred in the Infinity Arts Studios musical production called, ‘At Last’ in 2005. Rochelle was given the opportunity to direct a play in the 2010/2011 school year which focused on the importance of friendship. She received an Award of Excellence “for directing” in the Annual     District Sears Ontario Drama Festival which made her the first student in her high school to ever win such a prestigious award.

She has been featured in many musicals and productions throughout her burgeoning career including Marcia Brown Productions’ “I Need To Know My Father”.

This dynamic young woman is also passionate about serving her community as such she is excited to contribute to the Healing Hope  Fundraising Brunch for Breast Cancer.

 

Event Info:

Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation present the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch benefitting the Cancer Department at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto

Featuring: Fashion Show by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions with designs from  Mina Danielle and Hylton House; Rayon & Paulette White; Dave “Comfort” Vassell; Donnett Thompson-Hall; Rochelle Robinson; and Sharon Dongen

Hosted by: Marcia Brown

Date: Sunday, 7 April, 2013
Cost: $50
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 237 Milner Ave

For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-286-4857, 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: 
http://www.ticketgateway.com/ticketing/events.php?out=side&shareid=1534
or make a donation online here if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: http://msletnahealinghope.eventbrite.ca

Ms. Letna giving back through Healing Hope Brunch – Rouge Valley Write Up

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Cancer survivor holding fundraiser to support Centenary Oncology Program, April 7

March 26, 2013 — When it comes to fighting cancer, having hope is a key element to overcoming the odds. So Letna Allen-Rowe is working hard to bring more hope to the staff, doctors and patients of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital’s (RVC) Oncology Unit through a special event next week, The Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch.

“This hospital is my home hospital and they literally saved my life,” says Ms. Letna, who is a survivor of breast cancer, diagnosed in 2011. “I’m passionate about cancer care there because they took good care of me when I was a patient. Now I want to give back, because they need the fundraising support to be able to provide the best care for more patients that rely on their home hospital, like I did.”

The Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch features a fantastic lineup of entertainment, with amazing gospel singers, fashion by talented Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions, and even a couple of special guest speakers from RVC’s Oncology team, who will share their knowledge on cancer care. Ms. Letna, a performer and singer herself, is very excited to bring together talented singers like Rayon & Paulette White, Dave ‘Comfort’ Vassell, Rochelle Robinson, Sharon Dongen and Donett Thompson-Hall for the audience’s listening pleasure.

The brunch takes place at the St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds support RVC’s Oncology Program. Find out more at www.MsLetna.com. Tickets are available to be purchased online at www.ticketgateway.com, or they can be purchased at the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation’s RVC office at 2867 Ellesmere Rd. or by calling 416-281-7342.

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013, Time: 1 to 5 p.m. Location: St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall, 237 Milner Street, in Scarborough’s north end.

Source: http://foundationchat.blogspot.ca/2013/03/ms-letna-giving-back-through-healing.html

680 News Write Up on Ms Letna’s Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch

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Cancer patient raising funds for hospital that treats her

Delia Rismay

TORONTO — The Scarborough Rouge River Hospital has a few sponsors and donors. But they never expected one of their fundraisers to be one of their current patients.

Letna Allen-Rowe, who goes by her stage name, Miss Letna, was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 6, 2011. Through all the chemotherapy and radiation she’s going through, she’s decided that the care she gets from the hospital is so good, she needs to give back to it.

“The doctors, the nurses, the volunteers are wonderful,” Miss Letna says. “But the oncology department needs funds to make their department better.”

The Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch will feature a fashion show, gospel music and speeches from the hospital’s doctors and surgeons. Tickets are $50 each.

It will take place on Sunday, April 7th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall. The hall is located at 237 Milner Street, in Scarborough’s north end.

Source: http://www.680news.com/2013/03/24/cancer-patient-raising-funds-for-hospital-that-treats-her/

 

 

Ms. Letna and Her Healing Hope

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I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer December 16, 2011, very scared thinking that my life would come to an end, but with the help of my family, my daughter Yanique and my husband Arnold, we vowed to fight it will all our might, and that we did.

While going through treatment taking Letrozole and more surgery, and reconstruction, I sat one day in Dr. Tracey Asano’s office, and I said to myself that I have to do something for the Cancer Department at the hospital especially for Breast Cancer.

I laughed at my self, reconstructed and all, mentioned my bright idea to my doctor. She said get healed first. But, I said, this is going to be a part of my healing process.

So today, it gives me great joy and pleasure to see this brunch come to reality.

I would like to thank my committee for their time and dedication to this effort, the Doctors and Nurses and their assistants and secretaries at the Rouge Valley Centenary hospital for their time with me and for keeping up with me with all my antics, without them I probably would not have the courage to do this.

I thank my husband Arnold, my daughter Yanique, my sisters and brother, aunt and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins for their love and support. Not to be out done my church family of Malvern Methodist Church and the cast and crew of “I Need to Know My Father”.

I thank you all for your love and support, and remember ‘the life you change today could be yours’.

So much Love,

Letna Allen-Rowe
Ms Letna

Event Info:

Ms. Letna in Association with Rouge Valley Health System Foundation present the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch benefitting the Cancer Department at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto

Featuring: Fashion Show by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions with designs from  Mina Danielle and Hylton House; Rayon & Paulette White; Dave “Comfort” Vassell; Donnett Thompson-Hall; Rochelle Robinson; and Sharon Dongen

Hosted by: Marcia Brown

Date: Sunday, 7 April, 2013
Cost: $50
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Sts. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall 237 Milner Ave

For tickets call:
Letna Allen-Rowe: 416-286-4857, 416-628-3119, 416-783-5813, 647-406-5668
Rouge Valley Health System Foundation: 416-281-7342, 905-683-2320 ext 1212
Purchase online: 
http://www.ticketgateway.com/ticketing/events.php?out=side&shareid=1534
or make a donation online here if you’re not able to attend but want to contribute to the cause: http://msletnahealinghope.eventbrite.ca