Who We Help

“I was jobless, without benefits. I used up my life savings just to get through everything.”

Wings of Hope client

The Facts

  • 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

  • 72 Canadian women will be diagnosed daily with breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer accounts for 13% off all cancers and 25% of cancers among females. 

  • Mother, daughter, sister, partner, wife; this is who we help. 

In their own words

Camille’s story


The Beauty Program has helped me in so many ways to remove the roadblocks that are in front of us as we are presented with an illness such as cancer. Helping hands have reached out to guide me, to make me stronger and have given me hope for the future. I have never been given so much care and love and kindness and through all of this I became a new person, stronger, more empathy for other cancer patients and not focusing on myself.

These woman and men guide us, they are the Angels, the Wings of Hope with their loving attitude, their attention to every one of us, I feel so privileged to be in this positive environment!! There are not enough words to express my gratitude for this life-changing experience!

Ann Speer, April 15, 2015

The BEAUTY Program has been a lifeline and an inspiration to me. It was like a warm hug in my darkest of chemo days and a ray of sunshine to keep me going. I can’t thank the volunteers enough for their help and encouragement which made me feel so welcome and we shared many laughs. It was wonderful to connect with others going through cancer treatment and be able to exercise and share our stories in this supportive, caring environment.

Maeve Spain, March 2015

The Beauty program for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment was a key part of my treatment. I looked forward to the morale boost of working out with the other women and appreciated the humour and expert advice from the trainers. The connections we have made continue months later. I appreciate the ongoing support from these friends as I continue my battle with cancer.

Anonymous BEAUTY program participant, March 15, 2015

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last November and times right now are really hard on the family financially so this gift bag really helped out a lot. I really appreciate all of you taking your time and money to help out people in need, you are all angels. I truly thank you, you have no idea how much it actually helped, bless you all.

Anonymous Gift of Hope hamper recipient, February 27, 2015

With my humble language and way of expressing my utmost gratitude, I would like to extend my deepest heartfelt thanks to each and everyone who participated in creating a wonderful gift for me. You touched my heart to the cores, feeling that there was people who make the world a better place and who care for one another. Thank you for your kindness and for presenting humanity in its best form.

Anonymous Gift of Hope hamper recipient, December 27, 2014

Our Stories

How Wings of Hope helped when it really counted

Barb’s story

Our founder, Diana Kalef, reflects

Wanda’s story

Victoria’s story

Wings of Hope 2014

Wings of Hope 2013

Wings of Hope 2012

Wings of Hope 2011

Chris Dutcher

on supporting Wings of Hope

The Reality

  • Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate.

  • It doesn’t wait for your kids to be out of the house.

  • It doesn’t wait for you to save enough up.

  • It doesn’t wait for you to get a better job.

  • It doesn’t wait for a better time.