Growing Support for CancerCare
Growing Support has returned for an impactful fourth year.
Darcy Miller was an extraordinary man who enriched the Miller legacy on and outside his family farm in Oakville, Manitoba – a patch of land farmed by the Miller family since 1890.
Sadly Darcy passed away on October 5, 2016, two-years after his colorectal cancer diagnosis. His spirit lives on in his loving family - wife, Andrea and four children.
Despite a family history of colon cancer, Darcy’s test results caught him off guard - two polyps contained cancerous cells. A month later, a larger tissue sample confirmed the family’s worst fears… five of eleven lymph nodes were cancerous.
Darcy began chemotherapy treatments in July 2014 at the Portage District General Hospital. By September he was receiving radiation in Winnipeg.
During the 2014 harvest season the seed of an idea took root in Darcy’s mind: “What if I were to grow a crop and donate all the proceeds to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation?” Growing Support for Cancer was born.
His idea was inspired by the vast improvements in cancer treatment he was witnessing firsthand. Twelve years earlier, Darcy had accompanied his own father to chemotherapy appointments. Sadly, colon cancer claimed the life of both Darcy’s father and grandfather.
Growing Support is helping increase awareness of cancer in Manitoba, raising vital funds that impact ongoing research and enhancing patient care at CancerCare Manitoba so ALL Manitobans touched by cancer CAN feel hope for more tomorrows.
With many thanks to the generosity of the entire community, Growing Support for Cancer has raised in incredible nearly $165,000 in just two years! In honour of Darcy’s spirit and memory Growing Support will return to its roots for a third year and host a family fun-day with combine rides, rainbow auction and supper.
You too have the power to Grow Support for Cancer (you don’t even need to be a farmer)!