Derek taught me so much during his cancer journey. He taught me courage and strength, perseverance and optimism. He taught me how to grow and learn through adversity. He showed me what is truly important in life. Now, I see the world through his eyes and joy behind every crooked little smile.
“My daughter Ava was a very active twelve-year-old from St. Albert when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March of 2017 in her right leg. Within days of diagnosis Ava was at the Stollery Hospital and we were given the devastating news that it had moved to both of her lungs. It’s been a long journey […]
Before Evie went into surgery, we realized that there were many details we didn’t know, and most days we had more questions than answers, but we got quite good at sitting with the unknown…. With no timeline in mind, and no expectations of how the surgery would go, we handed our girl to the care of our very capable doctors and prayed for the best.
My journey with Stollery Children’s hospital began in February 2002, when I was only eight months old. It was a very cold Friday in Northern Alberta. My family had just moved into a new home and the movers were moving our belongings into our home. I was crying hard and my mom was holding me in her arms to calm me down. A few minutes later, I stopped crying and my face turned blue.
“When Laura was seven and had just started grade three, she started having problems reading her home reading. Like most parents, we thought that Laura needed eyeglasses. After work on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, we took her for an eye exam. The eye doctor was concerned with a flicker that he had noticed on Laura’s left eye so he made a referral to a colleague at the eye clinic at the Foothills Hospital. Because of Laura’s age, we were able to see the specialist the next morning.
I’m going to show you the best Santa-But-Not-Actually-Santa pictures you’ve ever seen. Let me set them up. ~ Dave Kelly