Our team is basically made up of former patients, friends, loved-ones, and health care specialists. We welcome any type of involvement as there is much work that remains to be done if we are to increase public awareness and break down those taboos.
The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association was founded by Cheryl Perry in Kitchener, Ontario, in 2007. Cheryl’s son, Adam, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April of 2003 while attending high school at Southwood Secondary School in Cambridge. Just seven short months later, on November 9th, 2003, Adam passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Adam was 18 years old.
During Adam’s illness, he told his mother that he had found a lump when he was 15, but didn’t know what it was, and so he said nothing. As the cancer began to spread, Adam noticed that his testicle had swelled; still, he thought it would go away and kept silent. During Adam’s treatment, he told his mother that he wanted to speak out and reach others so they would not go through would he endured.
In 2012, Alexandre Désy, a testicular cancer survivor, founded Testicular Cancer Canada with the support of two other survivors (Charles Méthot and Guillaume Rabette) and members of their families. Together, they witnessed first hand the lack of information, awareness and support. Guillaume helped Alex and Alex helped Charles. They wanted to give to others the support and information they were able to get from each other. They have been paying it forward ever since.
In late 2014, the organisation from Quebec and the one from Ontario joined forces under the Testicular Cancer Canada name.
We have been stronger together since.
Testicular Cancer Canada Board of Directors
The Board's role is to ensure that Testicular Cancer Canada maintains the highest standards of performance, governance, accountability, transparency and cost to fundraising ratios. The Board annually reviews the performance of the Leadership team. Our Board is skills-based, with members each bringing a wide range of expertise and experience.
In keeping with Testicular Cancer Canada’s focus on minimizing administrative costs, all Board members are unpaid for their directorships.
Responsible for executing the strategies set by the Board of Directors, the Leadership Team ensure relevant, transparent and accountable outcomes in line with Testicular Cancer Canada's vision.
Executive Director and founding member
VP Finance and founding member
Medical Advisory Board
Provides strategic thought leadership, oversight, review and advice on testicular cancer survivorship solutions, Programs and interventions.