Just an hour before Noella Ozon left her Waterloo apartment
for her first chemotherapy treatment to battle breast
cancer, a special parcel arrived.
Packed full of candy, magazines and other treats, the
package was a welcome surprise, especially since Ozon didn't
know the sender. The gift was sent from an angel, a Chemo
Ozon had signed up for an Internet project where people
volunteer as "angels" and send encouraging cards and gifts
to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation,
surgery or other therapy.
She learned about the Web site while visiting an Internet
chat room shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer
last September, and having a tumour removed from her right
"Even though I was going through chemotherapy, this
brightened it all," Ozon, 35, said in a recent interview.
"I'll carry it with me forever . . . It's just
Ozon had two angels looking out for her during her six
months of chemotherapy at Grand River Hospital and six weeks
of radiation in London, Ont. One woman sent gifts and
another mailed cards weekly.
"They're little gifts, but they mean so much," Ozon said,
tenderly displaying stacks of cards and little tokens
obscuring her dining room table.
All the cards were carefully tucked in their envelopes,
each marked with Ozon's address in distinctive longhand and
bearing postmarks from all over the globe.
"I can't believe they were there for me, they went
through it with me," she said. "I don't know what my chemo
would have been without it."
She recently returned to her job as a florist and cashier
at Zehrs in Conestoga Mall, and is walking in the CIBC Run
for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 6 with her nine-year-old son,
And as soon as the doctors say her cancer is under
control, Ozon plans to become an angel to another person
coping with cancer.
Although Ozon's friends, husband Peter Ozon and family
were sympathetic during the ordeal, her angels understood
just what she was going through.
"They've been there. They walked in my shoes," she said.
Chemo Angels was started by a woman in California whose
father died of pancreatic cancer. She met a woman online who
was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer and began
mailing her cards and small gifts. There is also a program
Learn more about the Chemo Angels program, or apply as an
angel or patient at