Help Pete fight brain cancer

On December 21, 2017 our dad Peter Oliver was diagnosed with a stage 4 terminal brain tumour – a glioblastoma multiforme. His symptoms and diagnosis all came on very quickly, and before all of this happened, none of us had had any experience with cancer. The only knowledge we really had was from following the story of the late, great musician Gord Downie, who passed away in October from the same type of cancer Pete has.

Pete’s cancer is terminal, but he – and all of us – want to do absolutely everything we can to improve his quality of life and buy as much time as we can. We’re not prepared to give up. Since he was diagnosed, Pete has gone through an overwhelming 3 surgeries in just 3 weeks to remove as much of the tumour as possible so we can then begin to attack it with both chemo and radiation.

It hasn’t been an easy road of course, but it’s been made a lot more challenging by the fact that after his first surgery, with a prognosis of 12-14 months, Pete’s tumour grew back completely within 3 weeks and we were suddenly told to say our goodbyes and prepare for only 2-4 months with our dad. That’s when Pete went in for his second surgery, and then his third right after that, to remove as much of the tumour as possible so we could win back those months that were taken from us.

Through all of this, Pete obviously hasn’t been able to work, which has had a huge impact on our family’s ability to cover the costs of his chemotherapy, prescription medication, and monthly bills. Because Pete has always been self-employed and my mom recently started at a new job, neither of my parents have health care, which is why many of these medical expenses are out of pocket for us.

It’s difficult for us to be so open and personal about what our family is going through, but are doing so with the hope that our friends and family are able to help us keep up with these expenses. We’ve set a goal of $40,000, which would be such an immense help in covering these costs.

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  • Michael Tom-Kun 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • Rachelle Couture 
    • $100 
    • 21 mos
  • John Tonetti 
    • $100 
    • 21 mos
  • Daniela Bortoluzzi 
    • $100 
    • 22 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $150 
    • 22 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jessica Oliver 
Caledon East, ON
Peter Oliver 
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