This campaign will be running all summer long to shed light on the warriors that help VOBOC be the nonprofit organization it is today! Patients, Parents, Friends, Volunteers everyone has a story! This campaign can be found on our official Facebook page. To be featured on Warrior Wednesday please send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 1: Tristian W.
“Cancer has always played the role of a bully in my life. As a 24-year-old 2-time cancer survivor, I wanted more for my life. In 2013, I reached out to VOBOC to help me find tools and resources that I need in order to continue my journey towards health, love, and wellness.At the age of 12 years old, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. At 19, I was diagnosed with MS and at 21; I had my second battle with cancer. I was a young man full of life ahead of me, so why was this happening to me? Little did I know that this backpack (VOBOC VO-PAK) would change my life forever! In it were things that reminded me of home. There were pyjamas, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and Listerine. And there was a lion, a stuffed animal. His name was Leon the Lion and Leon stood for courage. When I reached out to VOBOC after my surgery, they put me right under their wing. They introduced me to support groups where I was able to meet hundreds of other young adults living with cancer. VOBOC opened the door for me to walk through and empower myself. Having that access to a community has helped me save my life.”
Tristan W. 2x cancer survivor and founder of the Tristin WilliaMS Foundation
Week 2: Nurses
“The hemo-oncology team at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal would like to thank the VOBOC Foundation from the bottom of our hearts for having helped one our patients see one of his dreams realized: to visit Vancouver for the first time and see his friend. Thanks for your contribution and your quick response to our request, our young 20-year-old patient, diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in March of 2013, was able to travel to Vancouver with his friend from August 5 to August 8, 2013, and truly enjoy himself. He died August 14, 2013. His family joins us in thanking you for this wonderfully generous gesture. Your contribution has made a difference!
Thank you and we look forward to collaborating with you in the future for the benefit of our young adults!”
Line Bourgeois et Chantale Cloutier
Infermières Pivots at the Jewish General Hospital
Week 3: Laura L.
“Being diagnosed with cancer when you are a teenager is one of the most isolating experiences one can imagine. My extended family lives in Israel. Most of my friends have moved on with their lives. Many no longer call, text or visit me. My few remaining friends are in their first relationships, shopping for prom dresses, gossiping about boys and parties. Meanwhile, I am learning new words like resection, pathology, and malignancy and writing “craniotomy surgery” on my calendar.
When I was hospitalized during the holiday season, I received a huge gift basket from VOBOC that helped brighten things up during that difficult time. Over the years, VOBOC has provided me with constant support, resources, tools, and diversions and connected me with peer support and other groups that organize retreats and events that improve the well-being of teens and young adults with cancer.
I can never repay VOBOC for what they’ve done for me. I admire them and am inspired by them. I have met many other patients who have been supported by VOBOC too and I also make a point of introducing other young cancer patients to the charity so they can benefit from all the wonders it has to offer. My goal is to make sure other young cancer patients like me, never feel alone again”
Week 4: Sarah L.
Two years ago, the VOBOC community lost a dear friend and warrior, Sarah, who will forever be remembered by everyone she touched in so many ways. Her smile was infectious and her free spirit contagious. If you have come out to the Treasure Hunt or volunteered to assemble Holiday Baskets or bagged grocery with us, you will recognize Sarah as the Mom who volunteered with her four wonderful children. No matter what was going on in her life she always found time to give back, even while battling breast cancer.
Sarah – you were truly a light and on this Warrior Wednesday we are thinking about you and your family!