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Kathy Kurmey knows what it's like to have to leave the province for advanced medical imaging. Her daughter, Courtney, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma one week before her 14th birthday. Six months after she completed her first round of chemotherapy, the cancer was back, and she required a PET-CT scan.

Because Saskatchewan didn't have one, the family travelled to Edmonton, and thought they would have to pay for the scan on top of travel and hotel expenses.

"I thought, 'How are we going to do this?'" remembers Kurmey, who has two other children.

Courtney had a PET-CT scan and necessary treatments, and has been cancer-free for three years.

Her mom jokes that at 19, Courtney is "trying to catch up on the years she missed."

Kurmey is grateful her daughter could have the PET-CT scan to pinpoint where the tumours were, and says it will make a big difference to families like hers once a PET-CT is at RUH.

"It will alleviate some stress, because then you know what treatment is needed and it can be done, so there is less waiting."

To continue to help make that happen for other people like Courtney and their families by supporting research and education in nuclear medicine, you can donate here or by phoning our office at (306) 655-1984. 





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