Buzz Off Cancer - Alec Askey
Why did you say “yes” when asked to be a buzzee?
I said “yes” when asked to be a Buzzee because I have seen firsthand the many trials and tribulations that come with a cancer diagnosis to a loved one. Right before the start of my senior year of high school, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. For two years my family and I experienced all the hardships that come with such a diagnosis. Ultimately, my mother passed away when I was twenty years old, and my brother was only ten.
Now, I can look back at the whole experience and see how truly lucky we were. My whole family was able to spend every second of every day focused on my mom, building memories that will last a lifetime. This was all because we were able to solely focus on her. We had things set in place financially that allowed us to do this. Unfortunately, there are many families who are not lucky enough to be able to solely focus on their loved ones. Together, through QMG’s Cancer Crush, we can make a life-changing effect on many families in our community who are drowning in the financial burden that cancer brings.
Who are you doing this for/in Honor of?
I am doing this in honor of my mother Kimberly, my Aunt Diann, my Uncle Glenn, my Grandpa Brian, and my father-in-law Rich.
Why is it important for our community to support patients going through treatment?
Cancer can be an extremely draining diagnosis, both mentally and physically. There are so many unknowns. The patients are left with a running mind, thinking of every scenario. These patients need someone by their side to help take their minds off of the cancer and help them focus on healing themselves. Having support can relieve some of the burden placed on everyone involved. I am thankful to have the opportunity to help those in need of support through their cancer treatment.