Rob always loved the great outdoors. He felt truly blessed that he could live and raise a family in Timmins, a tight knit community in Ontario’s north. But when he was diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer four years ago, he didn’t realize how living 700 km from Toronto would make his life more difficult.
“I love to be outside paddling, hunting, fishing or taking pictures,” says Rob. “I cherish being able to enjoy nature with my family but access to the specialized robotic treatment I needed would mean regular trips to Toronto, so for the first time the fact that we lived in this beautiful part of the world meant we were at a disadvantage.”
Driving the 10 hours back and forth to Toronto was difficult. Being the sole earner for his family of 7, he didn’t have the luxury of not working. “I worried if we could afford it, whether the car travel would be hard on my health and recovery, whether we would have to sell our house and move,” says Rob.