World Kidney Cancer Day Events

Throughout the month of June
for World Kidney Cancer Day



Join us, June 8

CAREGIVERS Coffee-Chat |  3:30 pm EDT
PATIENTS Coffee-Chat |  7 pm EDT


Our online Coffee-Chats were first initiated at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We felt the need to stay connected with our community and offer a space of support where we can share our experiences, our anxieties and our happy moments.

This need to stay connected is felt worldwide with this year’s theme for World Kidney Cancer Day “We need to talk about how we are feeling”. Yes, we need to talk and share not only because of COVID-19 but because receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life changing experience. There are many feelings of concerns, anxieties, worrying about your health and how it will affect your family.

Let’s share a moment together and talk about how we are feeling. We might not feel so alone on this pathway with others understanding exactly what we are going through.

Join us for our World Kidney Cancer Day Coffee-Chat


Links to Patient and  Caregiver Coffee-Chats

World Kidney Cancer Day Coffee-Chat – CAREGIVERS
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 3:30 PM EDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391

Access Code: 150-418-037

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World Kidney Cancer Day Coffee-Chat – PATIENTS
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 7:00 PM EDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391

Access Code: 294-907-845

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/294907845



On  June 17  | 12 pm EDT, click on the link below


On World Kidney Cancer Day, join Kidney Cancer Canada with Geremy Capone, Wellness Chef and Stephanie Gladman, Registered Dietician from ELLICSR Kitchen of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre for a livestream cooking and nutrition demonstration.

Stephanie Gladman gives tips on optimizing kidney health as Geremy Capone takes us through suggested recipes. Recipes will focus on barbecue food safety, healthy comfort foods & more.

see recipes



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June 21  | 1-3 pm EDT


There are many different avenues to achieving mental wellbeing – reaching out to medical professionals, group support, physical activity, putting your energy into a hobby, just to name a few.

On June 21, 1 – 3 pm EDT, we offer a creative experience with artist Mary Intven Wallace. She introduces us to painting with coffee! No artistic talent is required, just a few “Coffee Club” painting materials in the list below.


  • 1 heaping teaspoon of instant coffee
  • Water
  • Small spoon for stirring
  • 3 small coffee cups or containers
  • 1 saucer
  • 2 medium or heavyweigh watercolour papers (white cardstock is ok)
  • Small and medium soft bristle paintbrushes (makeup brushes will work)
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel

Summer Day, Mary Intven Wallace, 9×12” coffee painting mounted on canvas panel, clear varnish finish.


Mary Intven Wallace has generously donated the painting “Summer Day” to Kidney Cancer Canada which will be used in a draw at the event. The winner will be picked from the participants present at the event. Mary will mail the painting to the winner.



Ph: 519.637.8561
Email: intven.wallace@sympatico.ca
Website: www.maryintvenwallaceartist.com/
Facebook: maryintvenwallaceartist
Instagram: @maryintven

Mary began painting after her first magical trip to Algonquin Park more than a half century ago. Her enduring enthusiasm for Canada’s land continues to flourish, especially when she paints at her woodland studio in the Algonquin Highlands. Honouring the intrinsic balance and beauty of the natural world is a consistent theme in her work. The luminous colours in her paintings conjure connections to the dynamic energy of land, sea and sky. Her vibrant artworks grace public and private collections around the world, winning awards such as the International White Raven Award and the National Outdoor Book Award.

Mary has taught art workshops across Canada and is a longstanding Haliburton School of Art and Design faculty member. The YMCA of Western Ontario has recognized Mary as a ‘Woman of Excellence in Arts, Culture & Education’ for her community contributions as artist.

Let’s Talk About How We Are Feeling:
7 Ways To Maximize Your Physical & Mental Health

June 24th, 2021  | 7:oo pm EDT


Mark your calendars for this special webinar focusing on World Kidney Cancer Day 2021 theme: We need to talk about how we are feeling.

Dr. Gabriela Ilie, Soillse Scientist and Psychology Professor with Dr. Rob Rutledge, Radiation Oncologist and Associate Professor lead this webinar on 7 ways to maximize your physical and mental health.

Learn how to:

  • Get the best care from the medical system
  • Increase your energy and function
  • Improve your immune system
  • Tap into Mind body techniques
  • Decrease stress and settle difficult emotions




Healing and Cancer Foundation Co-Founder and Co-Presenter

Dr. Rob Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, specializing in breast, prostate and pediatric cancers. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.

In 1999, Rob co-created the ‘Skills for Healing’ Cancer Weekend Retreats. These weekend support groups teach a powerful and integrated approach to the cancer diagnosis and ways to heal at levels of body, mind and spirit. To date, more than 2000 people have attended 60+ retreats in over 30 cities across Canada and abroad.

Rob is the CEO and Chair of the Healing and Cancer Foundation, a Registered Charity that freely offers educational videos, documentaries, and webcasting seminars. He is co-author of the book The Healing Circle, which captures the teachings and inspirational stories from the weekend retreats. Rob has received a Cancer Care Nova Scotia Award for Excellence in Patient Care, and Doctors Nova Scotia presented him with a Health Promotion Award in recognition of his contribution to physician health and health promotion in cancer patients.



Healing and cancer Foundation Co-Presenter

Dr. Gabriela Ilie is a Soillse Scientist in Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research at Dalhousie University, Psychology Professor, and Certified Relationships Workshop Facilitator.

Her research focuses on improving the quality of life of patients diagnosed with cancer through interventions that speak to all aspects of living (e.g. mind, body, social connection, intimacy and psychological growth), improve patient education, empower patients and inform the standards of patient care. As lead scientist in her field, Dr. Ilie volunteers her time and scientific knowledge translation expertise to Prostate Cancer Support and Cancer Survivorship organizations, supports philanthropic activities aimed at raising funds for cancer research, and she has given over 60 free patient empowerment and education talks and seminars nationally and internationally to people affected by cancer.  Dr. Ilie has an established track record with over 60 publications, over 3000 citations, in highly ranked journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association. Dr. Ilie has presented at numerous world events including the International Association of Psychosocial Oncology Congress, World Congress of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and the American and Canadian Urologic Association.


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