Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

Capture Bob and Bev

 “How much time do I have?”

 

You’ve heard this question before – maybe in a TV show or movie when the guy gets bad news. It’s like a cliché. The nurses are quiet as the doctor enters the room looking at his feet.

 

It’s cancer, and it doesn’t look good.  

 

In the moment, everything stands still. The guy is in shock, his wife bursts into tears, and their entire world suddenly feels like it’s been flipped upside down.

 

But this time, that guy was me. The diagnosis was mine. And as my wife and I cried in each other’s arms, I felt so afraid to face the uncertainty of cancer.  How much time do I have? What will we do? And what will I miss when I’m gone?

 

But I would not face this alone.

 

My wife, Bev, was with me for the diagnosis. Our daughters and their families quickly came to my side. And soon, I felt as though I had the whole community rallied around me – friends, neighbours, doctors, nurses, other patients.  With cancer comes uncertainty, but I wouldn’t feel alone on this journey.

 

Our BGHF loyal donors were right there with me too.

 

Donor support of the BGHF – at Christmas, and all year round – touches the lives of patients like me every step of the way. Those very first heartbreaking moments of diagnosis. Every single treatment, appointment, and checkup. The good days, the hard days, and the days you’ll never forget.

 

This holiday season, I hope you will stand with us by making a generous donation to the BGHF. Your gift will help patients like me find strength, hope, and joy along the road to recovery.

 

It’s a road you might be familiar with yourself. Sadly, too many of us know someone who has had cancer or are survivors ourselves. Even through my own experience, I couldn’t help but think of my parents. Both died too young from cancer, around the same age I was when I was first diagnosed.

 

And I can’t help but wonder – what if they had access to the kind of incredible care that I had at BGH? How many more years might they have been around? Might they still be with us to celebrate the holidays this year?

 

I’ll never know those answers, but I can say without a doubt that I don’t think I’d be here if it weren’t for our hospital – and without donors, we wouldn’t have this hospital.

 

When you donate to the BGHF, you are ensuring everyone in our community can get the care they need, when they need it. Supporting your local hospital means you are helping people right here at home through some of the toughest moments of their lives. Our neighbours, our friends, those we love most, and even ourselves.

 

Because of the generosity of hospital supporters, I’m gearing up to celebrate my 66th Christmas with my family – and you can bet that I am going to savor every minute of it. Like many homes during the holiday season, ours seems to overflow with love and gratitude.

 

Thankful for the time together. Delighted by all the laughter and stories and hugs and kisses. And grateful for those who made it all possible.

 

Because of our donors, I have a lot more time than I thought – and you can bet that I’m going to make it count.

 

Thank you so much for supporting the BGHF, and from my family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.

 

All my best,

 

Bob Leonard

 

PS – A cancer diagnosis is filled with uncertainty – but great healthcare shouldn’t be one of them. Your donation to the BGHF ensures that everyone in our community has access to the best care possible, when they need it most. Please give generously today!

 

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