Surviving and thriving: Frank’s legacy

“It makes all of the difference to have the support of caring medical people. It’s comforting to be around them.”

– Frank Lighthouse, cancer survivor and legacy donor.

During my 32-year career as a forest ranger and park warden, I covered much of Alberta’s terrain. From horseback to helicopter and wildfires in between, I had more than my share of close calls. Maybe that’s what made it so tough for cancer to knock me down.

When I retired at 55, I thought life would be a breeze after all those years in the field. So when my doctor told me I had lymphocytic leukemia, I thought well, this sure is lousy timing.

I was treated close to home at the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge. My leukemia is incurable, but the ongoing treatment has kept it controlled and allowed me to live my life

A few years later, I had prostate cancer surgery. After a nine-day recovery, I walked out of hospital prostate-cancer-free.

With all that behind me, I barely blinked when my doctor suspected skin cancer a couple of years ago. After all, I’m a survivor – still going strong at 89!

I’m told I’m among the one million Canadians around who have survived cancer for more than 10 years.

We’re living proof that cancer treatments are getting better, thanks to the remarkable work being done right here in Alberta.

I feel incredibly grateful. And if we continue to see improvements in cancer treatment, the next generation will be talking even more about life after cancer.

I decided the best way to help make that happen was to leave a gift in my will to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Every little bit helps.

I’ve had a long life filled with lots of good moments, and I feel good knowing I’m making sure more Albertans can, too.

Learn more about Legacy Giving here or contact Christy Soholt at christy.soholt@albertacancer.ca