For the Love of Dad

By Cancer Foundation on June 2 / 2017

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and for this Dad, it means everything.

Dan Chook Reid is the father of Marcus, a one-and-a-half year-old who loves to sing. On a sunny day, he’ll hitch the baby chariot to his bicycle and together with his wife Melody, they’ll bike to Hintonburg for a mini cake from their favourite dessert shop. In his chariot, Marcus sings and giggles the whole way there.

“The joy of a young child is innocent, inspiring, and contagious,” says Dan. “Time spent with him is priceless, especially when you’ve accepted that you don’t know the number of your days and aren’t in complete control.”

That’s because Dan was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in February 2016, when he was 31 and Marcus just 3 months old.

With diagnosis and treatment, Dan and Melody were thrown into the midst of extreme stress, hardship, and anxiety. In their search for a sense of hope and direction, they turned to Cancer Coaching.

“Cancer Coaching gave me the skills to navigate my cancer experience. I deeply appreciated having a space to work through my goals and challenges in one-on-one coaching.”

Dan also participated in two group coaching workshops: Coping with Cancer and Work and Cancer Survivorship. “They were invaluable,” he says. “I’m thankful for the relationships built, the perspectives attained, and the skills acquired.”

Dan, Melody, and little Marcus are extremely grateful for BMO and all our donors for supporting families like his through the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

“Thank you so much,” he adds, “for contributing to these programs. I feel much more able to face my present and my future because of these experiences.”

And what does that present hold for Dan? One of his favourite activities as a father: “Getting to watch my son discover the world: its beauty and its challenges.”

On behalf of Dan and the many Dads in Ottawa who are facing cancer: THANK YOU for your support!

If you’d like to support more families like Dan, Melody, and Marcus, you can donate below.

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