Les has been my step-dad for over 20 years, but I consider him my dad in every way that counts. My mother, has always been and still to this day, is my very best friend. As for Lesley, she lives in Bonnyville, Alberta and finds it emotionally challenging to be away from her dad during his illness. However, she Facetimes him every day along with his granddaughter Ry-Lynn so that she can feel close to him.
On September 1st of this year, Les was diagnosed with colon cancer. Upon diagnosis, he was scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor from his colon within a very quick time frame. Pathology results came back to show that Les has stage 3 colon cancer and there are malignant tumors on his liver – also diagnosed as stage 3. His current treatment plan involves having to go through six rounds of chemotherapy treatment. Once his chemotherapy treatments have finished, he will have to undergo surgery to remove the malignant tumors from his liver and then have to undergo more chemotherapy treatment.
Anybody who knows our parents would attest to their generosity and kindness towards others. They never hesitate to be there for their neighbors, friends or family in any way that they possibly can during their times of need. Their home should have revolving doors as it is hardly ever empty – people are either at the table enjoying a meal and a chat and/or are staying for the weekend.
Les’ cancer diagnosis and the treatments involved will take a tremendous financial toll on our parents. Les has been on permanent disability for some time and my mother is a housekeeper/caregiver and she takes quite pride in these positions; however, not being able to work during Les’ recovery and treatment time will significantly reduce their household income. As well, neither Joanne nor Les have any private health insurance to cover prescriptions during Les’ treatments or any other unexpected or additional costs that could occur along the way.
Our parents are not the type of people who would ever ask for financial support, so quite simply, we are asking on behalf of them. Our parents are wonderful people who deserve to not have to worry about finances during these troubled times. Many people have been asking how they can support our parents and helping them financially is the one of the best gifts that you can give them, particularly with the Christmas season approaching.
Thanks so much for all of your support this far. I know that we can undoubtedly speak on behalf of our parents in saying that it is very much appreciated.
Katrina Bajzak, Lesley Webb, Kristy Stevenson and Chantelle Seaward
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