Carie Fargey-Scott, daughter of Peter Fargey, sat down with us to discuss her father’s legacy and her recent cancer diagnosis. In 2010, her father Peter decided to make an impact in his community after he was diagnosed with cancer. This impact is the ION Print Solutions double match campaign in benefit of the Alberta Cancer Foundation – a choice that he and his business partner made to improve cancer outcomes for Albertans. Peter unfortunately passed away from cancer in 2016, yet his legacy lives on.


cancer patient Carie Fargey-ScottCarie’s journey with cancer began abruptly. “I randomly found a lump in my armpit on a Saturday night and was immediately concerned. I called my GP on Monday and got in to see him on Tuesday. By Friday, I’d had an ultrasound, a mammogram, and a biopsy. I was pretty sure that it wasn’t going to be great news.” Although grateful that the process was prompt, the news Carie received was nothing she wanted to hear.

“I was officially diagnosed on March 14, 2022. After that, I went through a plethora of tests, MRI, CT, bone scans and more. I met with a surgeon, and he did a consultation with some Oncologists at the Cross. They made the decision that I would start with chemo before I have surgery, given the type of cancer that I have and my hormone receptor status. It went very quickly – from the day I found the lump to the day I started chemo was less than six weeks.”

Throughout the last couple of months of treatment, Carie has shown true strength. “There are good days and bad days. That is pretty par for the course. I am two-thirds of the way through my chemo, which is exciting! I’ve completed an intense protocol [with chemo] where I went in every week. Soon I’ll start one where I go every three weeks. A little bit of a break. Let my body rest for a bit.”

Carie Fargey-Scott and family

Carie with her daughter and husband.

Carie states that the support and love from her family and friends keep her going through this process. “I tell my husband on a daily basis that I couldn’t do this without him.”

She is reminded of a quote during our conversation about commitment and loved ones’ support. “In your wedding vows, the better, richer and in health are the easy parts. It is our time in the worse, poorer, and sickness where you are challenged. It is easy to be a great partner during good times. Not so easy during the hard times.” With this, Carie explains how grateful she is to have a family that continues to be an incredible support system during the difficult days.

Chemo is just the start of the treatments Carie is scheduled to receive. After this she will proceed to surgery and then will start radiation. Carie finds hope in each visit to the Cross Cancer Institute, especially since recent scans show that the cancer is responding to treatment.

“It is one of those things that keeps you going on the bad days, because [the treatment] is working. It is different when you still have cancer in your body while going through treatment because you know it is there. On those really rough days where I don’t want to go to chemo, I know that it is doing what it is supposed to and that makes it a lot more tolerable.”

Being an Edmonton resident, Carie goes to the Cross Cancer Institute to receive treatment. The place her father, and many others, have chosen to support because of the incredible care they have received – Carie now being one of them.

“[The people at the Cross] are superheroes that walk among us. The past couple of years have been extremely difficult on healthcare workers, and yet when I meet any single person, they are so kind and compassionate. It blows me away that they can put their own stressors aside and just be there for their patient. I am so so grateful for every person on my team, because I truly do have a care team. They’re all working towards the same goal, which is to get rid of this [cancer] and not have it come back.”

Carie Fargey-Scott and Peter Fargey

Carie with her Father, Peter Fargey.

Reminiscing on her experience with the Cross Cancer Institute, Carie finds many similarities between the care her father once received and the care she receives today. “For his first cancer, he was treated at the Cross. Again, it was the same thing. There were amazing people, they were all working towards the same goal to get him cancer free. They did for a lot of years. They gave him time that he wouldn’t have necessarily had otherwise, and for that I am grateful. In that time, I had my daughter, so he got to meet and know her. We had time together, and that is the most important thing.”

This ION Print Solutions double match campaign is known in the Edmonton community, especially by those who have been impacted by cancer. When asked about how it all started and how she feels about the campaign, Carie said, “It was a joint decision with his business partner. They decided to do something to give back. I have always felt that is so important, whenever possible to give back to the areas that support you. The Cross is one of those places that you never ever want to go, but if you have to, you thank god that it is there. It is such an amazing facility.”

“To give back and say ‘we want to help further research and treatment’ was something I was really proud of my dad and his partner for… It is something that I have supported as much as I can. It’s a wonderful legacy for him to leave behind.”

Originally posted on the Alberta Cancer Foundation blog.

Tyra Langille was only 25 years old when she was diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma. The Edmontonian shares her cancer journey and why it’s important to her to raise awareness for oral cancer and advocate for other young cancer patients. 

My journey is not over, the healing process is slow and I take every day one step at a time. I try to remain positive through it all but there are days when it can be too much, mentally, physically and emotionally.

“My cancer journey begin in February of 2021 when I found a small canker-like sore on the left side of my tongue, few months went by and I noticed it wasn’t getting better but my doctor thought it could be oral thrush, so I went on medication for that. I also went to the dentist, but they didn’t see anything wrong. In June, it started to grow rapidly, and with every day I felt like it was getting worse. It was hard to get through a pandemic while also figuring out what was happening to my body, I was really struggling with it. Fast forward to August, I have dropped 30 pounds, I could barely speak some days from the pain, or eat and drink. After eight long months, my doctor sent me for a biopsy in September. Within a week, I was diagnosed with stage 2 Squamous Cell Carcinoma. I was shocked but also, prepared because I knew something wasn’t right when my tongue wouldn’t heal. The cancer grew so much from September to October that I ended up being on the edge of stage 2 beginning stage 3, so on paper, it turned out to be Stage 3 Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

I’m young, I don’t smoke, or drink, I am extremely healthy, active and HPV negative and I had no known risks of getting oral cancer. I am told that I’m in the 25% of the unknown case of this cancer. On October 28th, I went through a 12-hour surgery where I had a free arm flap, reconstruction of the left side of my tongue, neck dissection of about 100 nodes, trach and feeding tube. I was finally discharged on November 9th. I had to reteach myself how to eat/drink, swallow, speak, and smile… it’s been a lot. A few weeks later I was told the margins were clear, none of the nodes that were taken were affected but because of where the tumour was and how aggressive it was, to be certain it won’t come back I was to undergo 30 sessions of radiation to the mouth, with a mouth spacer between my teeth to ensure the radiation hit exactly where it needed to, internally and externally.

My team of doctors at the University of Alberta and the Cross Cancer have been so incredible and I am forever grateful to have been blessed to have them be a part of my team, without them I don’t know where I would be. I finished my last session of radiation on February 1st, 2022. My journey is not over, the healing process is slow and I take every day one step at a time. I try to remain positive through it all but there are days when it can be too much, mentally, physically and emotionally.

I’m excited for what the future holds and I hope to connect with other survivors who have gone through something similar as it can get lonely at times. My job now and forever is to spread awareness of oral squamous cell carcinoma and advocate for those who cannot!”

Tyra’s connection to the Cross Cancer Institute was built through her diagnoses and treatment. When she was asked what she thought of the We Cross Cancer campaign, it’s efforts, and why donors should support this campaign, her answer was based in personal experience. Tyra explains “As a former patient it excites me as the impact of these advancements will have a positive effect as it gives doctors the ability to better diagnose and pinpoint cancer/tumours. I think donors should support this campaign because you are helping someone who may fall ill & will benefit from the new advancements for diagnosing and treatments.”

– Tyra Langille

Originally posted on the Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog.

Sylvia Pedley Lakeman from Willingdon, Alberta is a cancer survivor and fundraiser for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Here, she shares what her cancer journey was like and why giving back is important to her.

“My breast cancer journey began in the fall of 2009, after a routine mammogram. I began treatment and underwent a left mastectomy in early December of that same year. In January of 2010 after a biopsy on my lymph nodes to determine if the breast cancer was gone it was discovered that indeed the breast cancer was gone but I was newly diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia).

In the following year I underwent every test you could ever imagine to determine the stage of leukemia and to determine what treatment if any was necessary at that time. It was determined it was in the early stages and I would just be monitored as needed.

Years went by and life went on and I even lapsed in going into the Cross Cancer Institute for checkups. Then in the fall of 2016, it all fell apart…I began to feel ill, displaying all the symptoms of the CLL manifesting itself.

I started chemo in the early part of 2017, and it only got worse….getting weak and anemic requiring blood transfusions which in turn delayed the chemo….long story short things kept getting worse until I was so weak we called an ambulance to get me to the hospital.

I spent the next 4 months in the hospital where they finally determined that in fact, it was not the CLL causing the problems but that I had developed Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. But now that the cause of my deterioration was found I was treated for it. I also had to undergo physiotherapy as I had become so weak I could no longer walk.

I was released from the hospital in the late summer of 2017 and have been working my way back to good health since. Today I am doing okay, the CLL is not showing itself at this point and I have just had a CAT scan and received the news that all is well.”

When asked what advice she would give to others facing cancer, she says the one thing she has learned is to advocate for herself.

 “I have learned to ask questions…stay informed….let yourself feel what is happening to you and know that there is always someone there to help you. Be strong.”

Over the years, Sylvia has done what she can to give back to the Cross Cancer Institute. She donates to the Alberta Cancer Foundation and has participated in several of our fundraising events including the Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5k that took place in 2020 and 2021. 

“The care I receive every time I visit the Cross Cancer Institute is top of the line and I appreciate all the support from the staff and volunteers there. That’s why it is important to me to give back, so others in my situation can receive the care and guidance that they need in one of the most difficult times in their lives. I will continue to do my part to ensure that there will always be help and support for those who need it. I donate what I can to support the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cross Cancer Institute.”

“They were there for me, and I will be there for them.”



The Alberta Cancer Foundation is raising $30 million to change the way we treat cancer here at the Cross Cancer Institute, in Alberta, and around the world. 

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