Volunteer Spotlight: Randy Thompson

Randy Thompson is a volunteer and cancer survivor from Calgary. As the world entered lockdown in March 2020, Randy was diagnosed with stage 4 liver and rectal cancer. For over a year, he underwent chemotherapy and surgery. Fortunately, he has had the support of the remarkable health care team at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and is cancer-free today.

“I truly believe, after my stage 4 cancer diagnosis, I would not be here in this positive physical and mental state today without the support from the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the expertise of my amazing health care team at Tom Baker,” says Randy.

He earnestly believes in the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s mission of providing support for Alberta’s cancer patients and has demonstrated this through his volunteering and involvement with events such as the Cash and Cars Lottery and the OWN.CANCER campaign.

“… After the amazing treatment I received from the entire medical staff at the Tom Baker Centre, I was compelled to try and help the foundation help others,” Randy says. “The Alberta Cancer Foundation has done so much for Albertans and I truly believe and wanted to support its mission.”

With first-hand experience facing cancer, Randy expresses his empathy for other cancer patients, and why he wants to give back: “This disease will sap your physical and mental energy and push you to your limits. While there are ups and downs throughout treatment, everyone needs help from time to time.”

Randy recalls one remarkable occasion when he rang the survivor bell in the campaign video for OWN.CANCER. “There is so much meaning behind that bell and I wanted to ring it for all cancer patients. It’s a cherished moment I’ll never forget!”

Throughout his experience as an Alberta Cancer Foundation volunteer, Randy has found only love and support in the cancer community: “I have been truly amazed by the kindness and generosity of the people I’ve met. … I will forever do what I can to help those in need.”

When he is not volunteering, Randy enjoys spending time with his family in the Rockies and basking in the beauty and quiet of the mountains. “We go any time of the year and it allows us to take a break and appreciate our time together. This has been even more enhanced since my diagnosis and we appreciate it even more.”

Thank you, Randy, for all you do to give back to Albertans facing cancer.

Learn more about our purpose at the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Julie Rohr

For Julie, a voicemail changed everything.

Stage four cancer.

Sadly, she is not alone. One in two Albertans will hear the words, “you have cancer” in their lifetime and One in four will not survive.

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