Why I Climb
2021 will be my second year attending the Calgary Stair Climb. I was hired with Lamont County Emergency Services on September 20, 2016 as a Firefighter.
Firstly, I will be climbing for my dad, Theo Wallace. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer of 2018 and bravely faced surgery to remove the cancer in December of 2018. A few months into 2019 we found out that his PSA levels were almost undetectable! It's been a long recovery, but that hasn't slowed his love of firefighting down! I am proud to say that I will be climbing beside him this year.
Secondly, I will be climbing for my fire mentor, Captain Correen Hosack. She was diagnosed with skin cancer back in 2014. Not only did she beat it once, Correen beat skin cancer 3 times! The first time was a basal and squamous cell carcinoma on her face and was treated with surgery. Second was a basal cell on her forehead, treated with surgery and topical chemo. The third was also on her forehead, but this time it was on the other side of her face. She underwent the same treatment as the second time. All of Correen's cancer was located where the edge of her balaclava lay. As Correen says, "This is from back in the day when dirty gear was 'cool', but you know whats not cool? Cancer." I am also proud to say that I will be climbing along her this year.
Wellspring Calgary provides programs, resources and support to people affected by cancer. Because a prevalent occupational hazard of the firefighter's job is cancer (3-5 times more likely), Wellspring works to ensure the needs of firefighters are considered alongside the needs of all its community members. Wellspring Calgary is proud to work with the Calgary Fire Department, and the Calgary Firefighters Association (IAFF Local 255) in support of those living with cancer including brave members of our firefighting community.
I want to personally thank each and every one of you who took the time to donate and help support such a great cause. Everyone has been affected by cancer directly or indirectly and no one should have to face cancer alone.