Nick's Story: Giving to Honour Emilee

Nick's Story: Giving to Honour Emilee

When Nick Betik looks back on the years he shared with his wife, Emilee, what rises to the top are the optimistic moments. He cherishes those memories and even fondly recalls the tough times.

“When things were their most difficult, what kept us centered was that there could be good moments every day.”

Emilee was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma in May 2008. Her brave two-year battle with the cancerous tumour would take her through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, throughout which she faithfully maintained hope.

“Emilee was always positive – it’s just who she was,” Nick explains. “Even in the middle of all her treatments, there were still daily interactions with people that made each day come alive for her.”

Emilee and Nick first discovered Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada when they received a copy of the Adult Brain Tumour Patient Handbook from their doctor. In fact, they found it so helpful that they shared copies with their family. “The handbook was so informative, on many levels. It gave us and our families answers we needed and were looking for.”

It’s been almost two years since Emilee passed away, and today Nick commemorates his wife’s courageous journey with brain cancer through his ongoing commitment of gifts to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Paying tribute to Emilee and her unwavering strength has been a family effort and it all began with their local Spring Sprint. Since that first walk in May 2010, in which Emilee and both sets of parents were able to take part, Nick has continued to pledge a monthly gift to the organization. When asked why he chooses to give, Nick says it’s simple. “I want to honour Emilee and this is an easy way to pass on things that can do good for anyone else affected by this disease.”

Nick’s monthly gift is directed to brain tumour patient programs and services plus research, providing ongoing support for survivors and loved ones.

“Our experience was that Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada supports many different areas, plus patients and their families. In the big picture, I of course want to see prevention of and the cure for brain tumours, but also want to see every area supported for those in need.”


Thank you, Nick, for your ongoing commitment to those affected by a brain tumour. This support makes an impact on brain tumours’ vast reach by addressing patients’ quality-of-life needs while also funding the research necessary to find the ever-elusive cure.

Story posted: May 2012

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