Honouring a visionary thinker in Zach’s memory

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, they embark on a journey with their family filled with fear and uncertainty. It’s in these darkest moments that the dedication of their health care team shines brightest, bringing hope when it’s needed most. Recognizing the difference this commitment makes firsthand, the Zach Prince Foundation gave a generous gift to BC Children’s Hospital in honour of Dr. Rod Rassekh, a pediatric oncologist.

“Rod’s skill, curiosity and ability to make every patient feel like his only charge has immensely contributed to raising the level of excellence that has always distinguished the care and support the Division of Hematology/ Oncology/BMT provides its patients and their families,” said Dana Prince, who along with Zach’s mother, Elana, co-founded the organization in memory of their son.

One trait that distinguishes clinicians like Dr. Rassekh is their dedication to building lasting connections with patients. “For me, it’s the children who make working in oncology so rewarding,” said Dr. Rassekh, who is also shaping the future of care as a researcher with the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program. “Whether we’re having a meaningful conversation, playing a video game or simply sharing a laugh, these seemingly small moments make an enormous difference during challenging days.”

We are so grateful for the health care providers who constantly go above and beyond, as well as the long-standing support of the Zach Prince Foundation. Their endowment has provided more than $930,000 in support of oncology education, training and programs at BC Children’s

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