This will be my second year joining the Lamont County Emergency Services team for the Calgary Stair Climb. This is a very special year for myself with the stairclimb, being the team photographer I am usually left at the bottom, taking my teams photos as they enter the tower. With the climb being restructured this year I can not only take the team photos, I can fundraise and climb! So, why do I climb?
In 2011 my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, through treatment and surgery he went 7 years cancer free. In 2018 just before christmas his cancer returned. He completed very aggressive radical treatment, all while maintaining his work, only missing one day because he had shingles and meningitis. My dad is the hardest working man I've ever met in my life, hes taught me so many valuable life lessons and that working hard pays off!
The second person I am fundraising for is my mom! The most badass mom and grandma I've ever met! My mom didnt have an easy life growing up, she has been a strong independent woman as long as I can remember. In 2015 my mom was diagnosed with skin cancer on her right cheek. She had to have a chunk of tissue larger than a toonie removed. Thankfully my moms adorable dimples hide the scar very well! We were ready to tell people it was from a zombie bite! Since then she has also had two cases of skin cancer on her forehead! Now she is the biggest advocate for decon of not only gear but skin as well!
My third person I am fundraising for has a part of my heart with her in heaven. My grandmother was a large part of my life. I learnt many lessons from her, she loved with all her heart, and a stubborn woman at that! My grandmother had the worst luck with health, from type 1 diabetes, kidney failure, heart problems to being diagnosed with breast
Cancer and undergoing a mastectomy. She fought to the end with everything she had. Even in her last moments holding on trying not to let go. It wasnt until her heart started releasing toxins that she started to struggle to hold on to life. With her family around her, myself holding onto her hand and not letting her go. All of us telling her it's okay to let go. She took her last breath just shy of 3 years ago. My heart aches every day for her.
Wellspring makes sure no one has to face cancer alone! I've done many fundraisers in my past, none have given the amazing resources this organization does!
Please donate and help me reach my goal. Any amount helps!
Wellspring Calgary provides programs, resources and support to people affected by cancer. Because a prevalent occupational hazard of the firefighter’s job is cancer, 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.