Barry and Suzanne Verheyde

When Adam was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2004, Barry and Suzanne Verheyde’s world crashed. Adam was only 10 years old and his treatment involved a targeted chemotherapy in pill form called Gleevec. Sadly, after a year of treatment, the Gleevec stopped working and Adam required a bone marrow transplant.

During this time, Barry and Suzanne recall Kids Cancer Care being an amazing resource for their family.

“Kids Cancer Care provided us with much-needed support and helped Adam learn to cope with his illness,” explains Barry.

Every Wednesday, Kids Cancer Care hosts a Pizza Night on the oncology unit of the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The Verheyde family would gather in the conference room of the unit, where they could sit and chat with other parents on similar journeys. Pizza Nights offered the Verheydes a much-needed break and gave them something to look forward to while Adam was on treatment.

“The wonderful volunteers we met were always willing to listen,” recalls Suzanne. “They offered us the hope we needed. We saw success in their stories.”

Barry and Suzanne never forgot the kindness of these volunteers and the impact they had in their lives during that difficult time. After years of regular volunteer service to Kids Cancer Care, the Verheydes remain appreciative to Kids Cancer Care and those volunteers. When the opportunity to volunteer at Pizza Nights became available in June 2014, they didn’t skip a beat. 

“It’s because of the volunteers we met during Adam’s treatment that we jumped at the chance to volunteer for Pizza Night,” says Suzanne. “We enjoy offering a friendly smile and a soft shoulder.”

While the Verheydes remain grateful to Kids Cancer Care, we are grateful for their many years of volunteer service and to their generous contributions to Pizza Night. It is humbling and inspiring to see Kids Cancer Care families remain so connected to our mission.