On October 1st, 2019, Ann was referred to Forward Foundation by her friend Shannon. Shannon works with West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation, a fairly new foundation based in Vancouver that supports kids with cancer and their families. Shannon had come across Forward Foundation and reached out about her dear friend Ann, a 30-year-old who had just been re-diagnosed with cancer for the sixth time in her life. Ann was described as an “absolute champion” by her friend, Shannon. At the time, Ann was in discussions with the palliative team, and her friends were really rallying to support her as best they could. The referral to Forward for an experience of connection was part of that support.
When her friends sat down to dream of what would be an ideal experience, Ann said, “a wedding reception without the weird parts of a wedding”. After being in the cancer world for several decades, Ann had ‘collected’ many dear friends from Camp Goodtimes, She Defines Strength Foundation, Inspire Health and Camp Make-a-Dream. Ann has walked alongside these people throughout her cancer journey, and they have truly become her family. Ann is not the type of person who loves the limelight or wants to take centre stage, but at this time, she wanted nothing more than to be completely surrounded by and immersed with people she loves and who love her.
“Every detail about the party was perfect! The space looked beyond great! The trees, happy wall, photo wall, the photos you shared, the food, the popcorn, the everything…it was a perfect day! But beyond all that, it was what you all brought that made everything that much brighter and full of love. The group of people you had setting up and tearing down were amazing! I saw hugs, high fives, laughs, and was brought to tears when a lovely tall gentleman said “it’s all love” with a giant smile on his face.” – Anonymous friend