Author Alan Simons

September 28, 2011 07:00 ET

Media Advisory: Breast Cancer Programme to Receive Funds from eBook Sales

Author Announces That a Portion of Proceeds From eBook Sales Will Be Donated to PYNK: Young Women's Breast Cancer Program

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2011) -

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The Odette Cancer Centre, located at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, is home to PYNK, a highly specialized programme focusing on the unique needs of young women with breast cancer.

"These women are from diverse cultural backgrounds and have a disproportionate number of problems such as higher recurrence and short term and longer-term side effects from their treatment and account for a higher percentage of all deaths from breast cancer," says Dr. Ellen Warner, lead for the programme and medical oncologist, at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook.

Eighteen Months: A Love Story Interrupted, by Alan L. Simons, is an autobiographical account of the author's relationship with a woman who, after being in remission for a number of years, is told just four months after she meets Simons and falls in love, that her breast cancer has manifested again. The book is a story of compassion, fear, support, humour, love, anger and utter frustration, culminating in death and many unanswered questions.

It is also a story of a human relationship that testifies to the strength and will of both the terminally ill patient and her partner as he comes to accept her illness and the short period of time they will spend together. A portion of proceeds from eBook sales will be donated directly to PYNK: Young Women's Breast Cancer Programme, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto.

Prior to the eBook edition, Eighteen Months: A Love Story Interrupted was first published last year as a paperback by Now and Then Books, Toronto. In addition, a play based on the book, has now completed a series of dramatic readings.

"Much has been written for women by women on the subject of breast cancer," states Simons. "This story is written from a man's personal perspective, of my relationship, albeit fleeting, with my partner," he added.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

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