Honouring Dad and supporting the local hospital; NHH CHEMO CLINIC

GRAFTON -- A son will be honouring his father and helping the local chemotherapy clinic in the Peterborough Duathlon this coming July.

Paul Brown is a firefighter with the Alnwick/Haldimand Township Fire Department and he is also a Family Mediator.  But if you ask him what he's most proud of, it's his family and the relationship he had with his father, Scott "Skipper" Brown who passed away on Feb. 27.

Skipper was born in a small fishing town in Newfoundland before moving to Ontario at age 17. But he was always proud of his Newfie heritage. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, but took it as a challenge when doctors told him that without surgery he only had two weeks to live.

Even in his last days he told his son, "it's been a long two weeks."

"He wore that like a badge of honour. He was an inspiration, and was often described as a model patient."

Less than six hours before he died, his oncologist at Northumberland Hills Hospital asked him if he had any questions.

"No, I just want to thank you for everything you've done," Skipper told them.

Now his son wants to honour his father, and give back to the people who helped his father through his long journey.

"As much as I'm doing this in memory of my dad, the focus really needs to be on the Northumberland Hills Hospital Chemo Clinic. My dad was my best friend and hero and they treated him like gold. How could I not support them?"

Over the years, his father had numerous treatments at several medical facilities, but Skipper always spoke highly of NHH Chemotherapy Clinic.

"I want to continue to thank them. There is something special about small town service, but unfortunately, the facilities often fall into small town funding." The Peterborough Sprint Duathlon is on July 7 and Brown has been training regularly for the two kilometre run, 20 kilometre bike ride and finishing up with a five kilometre run.

Last year Brown took part in the Cobourg Duathlon and raised over $1,600 for Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto.

This year's goal is $1,500. Speaking at his father's funeral, Brown said, "If you had asked me if I could have had a better relationship wit' me fadder, I would have said, No B'y!''

Anyone wishing to donate can go to www.marvelmediation.com for a link to NHH Giving Page or e-mail paul@marvelmediation.comor call 905-375-2113.

This story first appeared in the June 18th edition of Northumberland Today and is reposted with their permission.