On February 5th, 2019 Danika, a 38-year-old teacher, referred herself to Forward Foundation after being made aware of a previous recipient’s experience, as they had met through Young Adult Cancer Canada. Danika had been diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer and, as a previous world traveller, wanted to share an intimate trip with some of those closest to her in order to connect her community together.
“Forward. What does this word, idea, mean? When we say it, we think of movement, advancing forward with time. This can be hard to understand when you’re a young adult diagnosed with a serious, life-limiting illness, which is removing that time from you second by minute by hour. Life, in all its beauty and pain, continues to move forward. Time both leaves us behind and pushes us forward into an uncertain and difficult future.” – Danika
Danika had spent much of her adult life traveling and living abroad while working as a teacher. During those years, she met three teacher colleagues from across North America and they became an integral part of her life even though they had never all met each other.
Danika’s wish was to bring the three of her friends together to meet at last. She felt in her heart that they would connect and all become close friends. This was so very important to her, as she said that when she was gone she thought they could provide support to one another with their relationship with her serving as the common denominator. They could have wonderful shared memories and new connections.
“How can I accurately describe the gratitude I feel for being chosen to receive this gift, not only that of the experience or the trip, but more profoundly, of friendships old and new, and of deep connections? I can only say thank you for allowing me the chance to keep moving forward while asking time to hold on just a little longer.”