Buchanan, Kevin

Kevin Buchanan

Calgary Fire Department
Three years climbing
Instagram: @mtn_firefighter

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away August 18, 2010, in her 61st year. She battled cancer for 9-1/2 years and was given a low percentage to live past 5yrs as it was a very aggressive cancer.  My mother — being the warrior she was — never gave up, no matter how hard things got. No matter the good news or the bad news. She would always set goals and she achieved each of them.

It is hard to fathom how anyone can deal with their own mortality and still be a rock for your entire family. Supporting everyone and everything that we do. Never asking for anything and never stopping to let life just pass her by. Never did I see my mother give up her courageous fight. She has instilled in me a courage to take on anything life throws at me and to be a protective soul of all around me.

My mother was a big part of Hospice Peterborough and she even took part in the 1st ever hike for hospice which raises funds and awareness for cancer. My family takes part every year including this year, and I have missed many due to living in Alberta. This year the Stairclimb is taking place the same day as the hospice hike. So I am excited to be a part of this and to be able to help raise awareness and to help those who are dealing with cancer.

We are all touched by cancer in our life whether it is a family member or a friend. I feel blessed to be a part of this and feel my mother on my shoulder guiding me, encouraging me and protecting me each and every day. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to honour my mother and to honour Sharon Melee this May 1st.

Two of my mother’s favourite sayings that have stayed with me:

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift, that is why they call it the present

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us

Fundraising Tip: Be passionate about the cause and speak from your heart.  Know that we are all affected by cancer at some point in our lives.  Get out and create more awareness and also create more awareness of Wellspring and all that they do for those with cancer and what they do to help those who are supporting someone with cancer.

Kevin Buchanan