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Emily Piercell

Sara Mody 

Sara Mody lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her two cats.  She is an active member in her community. She is passionate about volunteering, nature, photography, yoga, travelling and art. Sara holds a Bachelor Degree in Film Studies from Carleton University, a college diploma in Photography from Algonquin College and a teaching degree from Medaille College. She is presently an Elementary School Teacher. Sara was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at the age of 32 in the beginning of her teaching career. She decided to have a lumpectomy and went through 30 rounds of radiation at Sunnybrook while teaching Kindergarten. Sara knew she needed her students as much as they needed her. The children inspired her and indirectly helped her; Sara writes that “they gave me strength, they gave me laughter, they gave me purpose.” Sara decided not to do chemotherapy and decided to look into natural methods of treatment. 

Once she completed her treatment, Sara decided to become a voice for the cancer community. She is constantly finding charities or organizations to volunteer for to support and educate. She has volunteered for Rethink and Cook for the Cure in 2013. She raised $3000 with the help of her friends and family. She was fortunate to work alongside of many Canadian Chefs and raise awareness for the cause. In 2107, Sara was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had a radical hysterectomy. After cancer, Sara has also travelled the planet and taken every opportunity to experience and explore every opportunity that comes her way. She climbed the Eiffel Tower after 5 years of being cancer free. Travelling is a big part of her happiness. Her new passion is photographing her adventures around Ontario and posting them on @secretsofontario

 

Sara has dedicated her lifestyle to wellness and health. She completed her YTT in 2018 and is working towards her certification in Mindfulness at McMaster University. She loves sharing her knowledge of yoga, meditation and health tips with friends and family. Sara is also an Ambassador for Orange Naturals.In her spare time, Sara can be found spending time with her family and friends, travelling around in the world, hiking, yoga, exploring little towns, writing in cafes or volunteering. After retirement, she would like to travel more and live by the water and own a journaling cafe. 

Emily was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at 27 years old, the summer after finishing law school. After a year of active treatment, multiple surgeries, Articling and being called to the Bar, she has shifted her career to supporting and advocating for AYAs diagnosed with cancer. For the past 5 years, Emily has worked at Canadian charities supporting young women with cancer through programs, education and content. Currently, Emily works for Wildfire Magazine, a breast cancer magazine started by an AYA breast cancer survivor, the Patient as Teacher Program, integrating humanistic and patient-centred approaches into undergraduate surgical education, and is on the board of AYA CAN - Canadian Cancer Advocacy. Emily is passionate about ensuring no one faces cancer alone. You can find Emily on Instagram at @emilypiercell.