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YACCer recognized for creating an environment of hope

Congratulations to Blair Richardson for receiving the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Tricia Antonini Award!

The Tricia Antonini Award was established in 2017 by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Alberta Cancer Foundation to recognize those who have created an environment of hope for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. The award was established as a way to honour Antonini’s years of advocacy and leadership in smoothing the road for cancer patients. Supported by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the prize recognizes anyone (including patients, families, health-care workers and organizations) who has gone above and beyond to make a positive difference for bone marrow transplant patients. In Antonini’s words, “[It] is for anyone who has been generous with their paint.”

Blair embodies these qualities. Since August 2019, Blair has represented Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) as a YACCtivist to help find and connect young adults dealing with cancer with each other, and as a guest on the 2020 Big Cancer Hook-up. Blair is a supportive presence in YACC’s private support groups. He is kind, caring, and compassionate with his cancer buddies. He is sensitive and a great friend. Blair’s positive attitude in the face of his diagnosis is a touchstone for his peers and we know he has so much more to give.

Blair, from all of us at YACC, congratulations on this prestigious award. Thank you for being you and for helping us change the world!

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