Stephen Sudbury, ON
Sudbury man gets much-needed help from Hope Air to reach clinical trials for rare type of brain tumour
In November 2015, Stephen started noticing issues with his right hand. When it began to progress, he believed he was having a stroke and was rushed to his local hospital in Sudbury, Ont.
The doctors diagnosed him with stage four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and gave Stephen a prognosis of 12 to 18 months to live. Doctors told him and his wife Cathy to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family. It was devastating for them.
By 2016, there was nothing more the Sudbury hospital could do for Stephen. Fortunately, Cathy looked for a solution and found a trial for a drug in Ottawa. There was, however, another barrier. The clinical trial took place in Ottawa. This would mean that Stephen and Cathy would have to make a 12-hour drive from Sudbury to Ottawa and back. Not only this, but they would have to travel regularly for MRIs and check-ups, something they wouldn’t be able to afford.
Because it was a serious illness, Stephen and Cathy decided they had to find a way to do it. After two months of driving back and forth to Ottawa, a friend told Stephen and Cathy about Hope Air and how they provide free flights for people who need to travel to medical treatments.
Stephen and Cathy contacted Hope Air and thanks to their help, they were able to continue to travel to Ottawa and Stephen was able to receive the necessary medical treatment.
“Before we discovered Hope Air, we used to make the 12-hour round trip from Sudbury to Ottawa approximately every three months for MRIs and consultations with doctors and oncologists.”
Hope Air was our saving grace. By flying, it has cut down our travelling time each way by half.
Over the last three years, Stephen has continued to travel to Ottawa frequently for follow-up appointments and check-ups. Despite what he’s gone through, Stephen is currently in good health.
He has nothing but good things to say about Hope Air.
“Hope Air was our saving grace. By flying, it has cut down our travelling time each way by half. With my mobility issues [due to the cancer], it made our journey much more enjoyable.”