Troy Dashney & Friends in support of Kids With Cancer Society
My Story: 13 Is Too Young

This is my story of loosing a friend to Cancer at the young age of 13.  This is my way of fighting for those who need help.  This is my reason to get involved with RACING FOR A CURE (RFAC) in support of KIDS WITH CANCER SOCIETY.

It was September of 2002, and grade 8 classes had started in Edmonton.  I got home one day from school and a letter was in the mail from my friend Stuart in Kelowna.  What a great day I thought, but truly, it wasn't.  The letter told me about the passing of Thomas, our friend in Kelowna who passed away days earlier after nearly 12 months of battling a brain tumour at the age of 13.

From 1987 to 1992 I lived in Kelowna with my family. It was during this time that I made friends with Thomas, an outgoing friend who was the life of the party, you know, that one friend who always laughed, smiled and joked around. The world was his playground, nothing could get it him down.  However in the fall of 2001, our friend Thomas was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  At the time, there wasn’t much in form of Cancer treatment in Kelowna, so Thomas and his family would spend many days inVancouver for Thomas’s treatment.

At that age, being a friend of someone going through Cancer, I didn't  know much about what is going on. It wasn’t really talked about. I was just told he was sick and getting treatment and he would be better.   Months went by and Thomas seemed to be doing much better, and I couldn’t be happier!

In June of 2002 we celebrated our grade 7 graduation. In Kelowna, that marked a special day, we were going from elementary school to senior secondary school. We were growing up!!!  But the sad part was, the day after the grad celebration I move back to Edmonton.  Leaving my friends behind was really hard, but in mind the biggest comfort was, Thomas was fine. 

Fast forward to that letter in September 2002. Thomas wasn’t fine.  Thomas had died. I had left not knowing he had been given only 6 months to live. He shouldn't have even made it to June of that year. But he did…he was a fighter.  But when I left, I had left not knowing he was going to die. I never really got to say “goodbye”.  Never to let Thomas know how great of a person he was. That his strength and persona would live on.  

Last spring I was driving home and I saw our neighbours’s amazing Aston Martin sitting on the street with “RACING FOR A CURE” stickers on it from the 2016 event!  I knew I had to get involved. I wanted to know that every kid, every friend, every family member gets the chance to see their friend, sibling, child grow up and live their DREAM!

At that point I got ahold of Mike the organizer of RFAC and asked if I could get involved.  Yes it’s partly about the cars for us drivers (we are all kids at heart), but to me, the biggest thing is to help the children fighting Cancer and their families who support them and to through other sorts of life challenges all at the same time.  At RFAC 2017 I met Tara Graham from Kids with Cancer Society.  I told her about Thomas and why I was there that day.  At the same time I also talked about how I wanted my interior design firm to be able to give back to non-profits helping others through a donation of our services.

As of today, March 30, 2018 I am proud to be registerd for RFAC 2018 and to be involved with KWCS.  Not only will I be raising funds for KWCS but my company, Bold Design Inc along with Allwest Commercial Furniture and Macson Construction are helping to renovate the KWCS offices to provide a proper work environment for their staff and volunteers to assist them and enable their amazing work in the community.

Today, I ask you to help me raise or even surpass my goal of $10,000.  It’s a big number, but not as big as the hearts of those who help these fighters conquer Cancer. 

On June 23, 2018 I look forward to seeing Thomas’s spirit alive as us drivers for RFAC give deserving kids a ride of their life complete with a City of Edmonton Police escort in and around the YEG area.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.



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My Goal
$10,000.00 CAD
$0.00 CAD
$3,373.00 CAD
$3,373.00 CAD
My Honour Roll

  • Anonymous
    $250.00 CAD
  • Jonas & Ivana Locke
    $250.00 CAD
  • Nickcole Fleshman
    $200.00 CAD
  • Allison Vrabel
    $123.00 CAD
  • David Law
    $100.00 CAD
  • David Yee
    $100.00 CAD
  • Lorna Jordan
    $50.00 CAD
  • David Embury
  • Don McNabb
  • Ian O'Donnell
  • Ken Barry
  • Shirley Shongrunder
  • Tayo Ogunlola
  • Anonymous
    $1,000.00 CAD
  • Anonymous
    $200.00 CAD
  • Anonymous
    $100.00 CAD
  • Anonymous
    $100.00 CAD
  • Anonymous
    $100.00 CAD
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