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Hello Everyone my name is Blair Richardson and I am proud to be one of Calgary’s new Localife leaders!

In 2016, and again in 2017, I was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Myleodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). When I was diagnosed my mom suggested I attend a Localife event, but for years I didn’t and that was such a mistake. In October 2018 after a very negative life event I decided to attend my first Localife event and it changed my life forever. I finally met people who could understand what I was going through and were able to support me on ways nobody else could. Since that first event I’ve wanted to be there to support the community that supported me when I needed it most. I’ve gotten to do that through YACC first as a YACCtivist and now as a Localife leader!

Outside of planning awesome events for the incredible Localife Calgary community, I am a huge hobby nerd. I love my video games and table top wargaming. I also love to check out as many local events and activities as I can!

I hope I’ll get to see you at a Localife event soon!

My name is Sara Montgomery and I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March 2015. I had just graduated high school at 18 years old, and found out I had less than a week to have my right leg amputated above-the-knee. Being a brand new adult and facing the world after high school was already scary, but to have my identity of being a young athlete stolen by cancer put the cherry on the cake. I still am going through treatments via surgeries as my cancer has metastasized into both my right and left lungs, but am learning how to kick ass one day at a time.

I sipped the “YACC Kool-Aid” in 2016 on Retreat Yourself BC, and was nervous to meet other young adult survivors and patients until I realized that hearing their stories and experiences was exactly what I needed to find a new normal. YACC has brought me so many new friends, new adventures, and lasting memories that make me come back for more each time.

I recently moved to Calgary from Edmonton on January 1, 2020, so hearing about the new Localife leadership role was extremely thrilling. I am super excited to be a part of the YACC Calgary community and to meet everyone involved! Get ready to meet this one-legged lady who is always smiling (or eating)!

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