Support Brian's Cancer Battle

Like many of us at Burnaby South and the BC Provincial School for the Deaf, I hadn't seen our hard working, friendly, helpful and dedicated Custodian colleague Brian Burgmann for quite some time.   It was a pleasure therefore to see him this afternoon at school.  It turns out however, Brian has been diagnosed with cancer in his liver.  There are at least 7 tumors identified, and it does not look good. 

Brian has been off work getting treatment (chemotherapy) and was only at school today to pay $600 out of pocket for his medical benefits for himself and his wife (who has significant disabilities).  Brian is now on medical leave (55% of his salary), and has no "sick days" to use for 2018.  The cost of paying for extended medical benefits and other expenses related ot his illness have left him in a financially fragile state.  Brian was facing eviction this month as he was barely able to scrape together the money for the medical benefits, and pay his rent.  He was excited to see people at South of course, but it was hard to not see the toll his cancer fight and financial worries have had on him.

Many of us feel very connected and grateful to Brian for his incredible support, work ethic and positive contributions to our school community.  He has had a lot of challenges in his 52 years of life, but none as grave as the one he is currently facing.  This GoFundMe page has been created for two main reasons.  Firstly, it is to raise some funds to provide some short term financial and stress relief so Brian can focus on having the best outcomes from his illness.   His greatest needs are in the present, so thank you for any donation you can provide.  Secondly, it is to show Brian that his efforts and contributions through the years have been very meaningful and that there are many people who want to show their care and support.

Thank you for your support for Brian!


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Colin Chow 
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