Due to both the rarity and complexity of his case, Brian needed to travel out-of-province to Toronto for radiation therapy, every 6 months for checkups for the next 2 years and once a year for 3 years after that. The drive would’ve taken 28 hours one way,
and flights were really the best way to get there. Unfortunately, Brian was out of work and could not afford the
Brian tried to look for resources through different organizations and was not successful in finding support for flights.
He tried applying for different programs and was met with waiting periods.
“I didn’t have time to wait,” says Brian. Finally, he decided to conduct his own research and discovered Hope Air.
Brian was ecstatic. Hope Air was able to fly him to Toronto for treatment and bring him to the only place he wanted to be afterward, his home in Saskatoon. Brian was finally able to get the help he needed.
“There are options out there. Hope Air saves lives,” says Brian. During Brian’s diagnosis in 2015 he was given a prognosis of six months. Brian’s last checkup was in March of 2020 and his doctors were amazed with his progress.Brian is now doing quite well and has been counselling people in North America who are also battling throat cancer.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Hope Air,” says Brian. Brian attended the Give Hope Wings fundraising exhibition stop in Saskatoon this past September to meet with pilots and media and share his Hope Air journey.