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Local teen will share his 'incredible' battle against cancer

Lucas Barcelos was diagnosed with rare form of cancer when he was 15; He and his mom and pediatrician will talk about his journey at free speaker series event
lucas and his mom
Lucas Barcelos and his mom will talk about the teen's journey at a Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation Speaker Series event Feb. 2. Contributed photo

Every day, approximately six children in Canada are diagnosed with cancer. In 2018, Lucas Barcelos was one of them.

At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with a rare form of peripheral T-cell lymphoma and began his fight against the disease under the direction of his oncology team at Toronto’s SickKids and with the help of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) satellite clinic.

Lucas is an articulate and intelligent 17-year-old with an incredible story to tell. Hear him and his mom describe navigating high school while dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the intense treatment that comes with it.

Pediatrician, Dr. Sarah Barker, will shed light on the medical side of the sometimes difficult topic of childhood cancer at the OSMH Foundation’s next Speaker Series event Feb. 12, 2020.

Event details

Where: Best Western Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Ave., Orillia

When: Feb. 12, 2020. Mix and mingle begins at 4 p.m. Presentation starts at 4:30 p.m.

RSVP: This event is free to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to the Foundation at 705-325-6464 by January 31, 2020.

About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation

The OSMH Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and the communities it serves. The Foundation fundraises to purchase medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the Hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community-based healthcare.