Strength Courage Hope
To bring a little strength, courage and hope into the lives of cancer fighters and survivors by offering gifts that are thoughtful, practical, and even humorous with a bit of sarcasm, if that is what's needed.
With the strength of the ant and the courage of the oak tree, we are here to bring hope, comfort and a smile to your loved one when they need it the most.
Kari and Dallas Klassen
To say that cancer has impacted my life would be an understatement. After my dad survived prostate cancer, he was diagnosed in 2014 with stage 4 lung cancer, and given 6-12 months to live. I will never forget that day. You read all the information and try to educate yourself as best you can but nothing prepares you for that. Being one of his primary caregivers I know all to well how hard it is to see a loved one scared, anxious and in pain. I also will be the first to admit that on many occasions I had no idea what to do or say. Dad survived 4 years, sadly passing away in March 2018.
At that point I was so sure I was done with cancer. No such luck. In July 2018 I found a lump in my left breast that lead to my own cancer diagnosis in September 2018. For the first time I truly understood the fear and anxiety that my dad had felt. The waiting, the speculating, the hoping, the waiting...all the time trying to keep a positive outlook and a smile on my face. Fortunately I had caught mine early, Stage 1, and proceeded with the surgeries, chemo and radiation, just finishing my final treatment in April 2019.
I have such amazing support from my husband and two boys and with that I was able to meet cancer head on and navigate and overcome each hurdle. I didn't let cancer define me, but it sure has shaped me. I realize that I am not immune to this and that the most important thing I can to do is make every day count and teach my kids to follow their dreams and find the best in others.
You can read more about my story and experiences here.
As a family we continue to grow stronger and since my breast cancer diagnosis in Sept 2018, it has become more important than ever to ensure we are giving back together. We signed up our team, #titzup, and raised over $5,000.00 in just over 2 weeks for the 2018 CIBC Run for the Cure! Shortly after, in December, we began The Hummingbird Project and now give small gifts to cancer patients on their first day of chemotherapy. As it continues to grow it's heartwarming to see the platform we are creating that allows communities, young and old to come together to support our initiative.