Opinion

EDITORIAL: Cancer stories keep on coming

Whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, or belong to one ethnic group or another, it’s pretty much certain you’ve been touched by cancer. It forces us to take a deep breath, wonder what the future holds and walk gingerly toward it, hoping for a positive outcome.

Hitting hardest, though, are cancers affecting young people around us.

West Shore residents are likely familiar with the stories of Langford’s Zack Downey and Hannah Day, each of whom faced their own battle with the disease.

Sadly Zack, an outstanding athlete who dreamed of one day playing college baseball, lost his fight at 18 against non-Hodgkins lymphoma last month. Mourners at his memorial last week told of how he kept a positive outlook virtually until the end.

The personal stories of Zack were both sad and inspiring. No doubt the more than 1,000 people at The Q Centre would rather have been celebrating some athletic exploit than the too-short life of a fine young man.

Four-year-old Hannah, whose up-and-down state of health has put her parents and those close to the Day family through a roller coaster of emotions, appears to be on the upswing again as she receives treatment for childhood leukemia. We hope for the best and continually improving health.

Those among the healthy who would fight this emotionally draining disease are out virtually all the time in our communities. Their activities range from pink ribbon month targeting breast cancer to the Walk for Dads to support prostate cancer patients and research into a cure.

West Shore RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Wright, a rider in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock this fall, had a fundraiser last week. He was joined by two brave souls who had their heads shaved for the cause, which is helping get kids with cancer to Camp Goodtimes.

Cancer sucks any time, but especially when it strikes our children. You may wish to try imagining how the Downey and Day families have felt in recent months when you’re considering where to put your money this year.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fog, navigation methods blamed for container ship grounding in Fraser River
 
Poll finds Lower Mainland voters ready to shake up city halls
 
Surrey enforcer killed on the weekend
Sharing skills, even silly ones at Surrey fair
 
Reflecting on pedestrian safety
 
Coast Salish tribes gather for water ceremony before NEB hearings
Election 2014: Traffic top of mind in this campaign
 
Avoid future chaos outside schools, council tells staff
 
ER waits at Langley Memorial Hospital beat the average