In September, Craig suddenly became sick and was sadly diagnosed with Aggressive Myeloma (bone marrow Cancer), which he was told had also spread to a mass in his lung. He has undergone a gruelling couple of months on dialysis as his kidneys failed, and has started Chemotherapy, which he will be on for a while. Fortunately, his kidneys have recovered enough for him to stop dialysis at this point, which is great because he was really struggling with it.
Because he is young and only 44, he has been lucky enough to be offered a back-to-back Stem Cell Transplant in the New Year, but this will mean a lot of hospital stays and gruelling treatment.
Craig has always been a hard worker and is currently self-employed, working as a stone mason and also clearing snow in the winter months for his local, loyal customers. Unfortunately, his bones are too weak now with the cancer for him to do any physical work and he has found out that he will receive next to no government help. They have approved him for his Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement pension. But there is a 4-month waiting before he'll receive any support. Craig, his wife Jodie and their two lovely daughters have made a great life for themselves in Canada but have been devasted by this diagnosis. He is really worried about being able to support himself and his family, as this has always been his role.
We are kindly asking for any donations to help him financially whilst he undergoes his chemotherapy and stem cell treatment and recovery.
Thank you so much from Craig's family xx