Canada Day feelings

July 1, 2010

I was sitting back with my husband Sunday night, getting ready for our weekly movie night. This week it was Toy Story. Yes I know, where would I have been if I had never seen Toy Story? I was flicking through the channels while I was waiting for him to finish reading the paper and I stumbled upon Terry (2005). For those of you who haven’t seen it, you should. It is a great story about the triumph of the human spirit.

It made me sit back, once again, and realize what I do for a living. I mean, yes, I go to work, I do the financials, I make decisions, I help (and get help) from other members of our team, yadda, yadda, yadda. But what I really do is make a difference.

As I was watching the movie I began to think: here is the most famous cancer survivor in Canadian history, and he is a young adult. The Terry Fox foundation does great work, and we are all very happy for it, but not much has changed when it comes to awareness, support, and listening to the needs of young adults (specifically) dealing with cancer in Canada since Terry’s miraculous marathon.

The seven of us here in St. John’s, NL (and one in Calgary) are the only ones working full-time on support programs for young adult patients/survivors on a national level. But that is about to change–I can feel it!

What inspires me is the family of patients, survivors, and supporters that we are so lucky to be a part of. This community is growing and there’s an energy spreading across the country. This Canada Day is very special to me. I can feel the energy from across this beautiful country, from BC (where Mr. Fox was raised) to Newfoundland (where he began his Marathon of Hope). The young adult cancer community is on the verge of explosion and I am so honoured to be a part of it.

Happy Canada Day to our community! You are all an inspiration!

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