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Young Dartmouth cancer survivor to represent IWK Foundation

By Kelli Rickard Feb 20, 2024 | 11:57 AM

A Dartmouth teenager is this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Champion for the IWK.

Cancer survivor Canon Beazley will represent children and youth who receive specialized treatment and
care at IWK Health.

In 2021, he underwent surgery and chemotherapy for kidney cancer and later therapy for PTSD stemming from his cancer experience.

The 13-year-old will share his story to support fundraising campaigns and events in the Maritimes.

Canon and his family will travel to Orlando, Florida for Children’s Hospitals Week.

Manager of Community & Corporate Giving for the IWK Foundation, Melanie Matheson says, “Since their experience at the IWK, Canon and his family have been dedicated supporters of the IWK Foundation, sharing their story to raise awareness and give back.

We are thrilled to name Canon as this year’s IWK Children’s Miracle Network Champion, representing the IWK locally, nationally and internationally. He is resilient, intelligent and a true inspiration to us all.

According to a release, Canon is back to enjoying the things he loves, including hockey and paddling.

He also hosts a successful Halloween fundraiser for the IWK called “House of Doom.”

Canon is eager to take on his new role as Champion.

He says, “The IWK has given me so much, and it makes me very happy to be able to represent them and help them continue to help kids like me.

I am excited to meet other Champion children and have fun while supporting our children’s hospitals.”

The Children’s Miracle Network raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada.

Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and research.