Each year, Canada Cares by the Canadian Abilities Foundation, celebrates the selfless and often heroic efforts of Canadian caregivers with their One Wish and Caregiver Recognition Awards. Last year, Director of Community Hospice Services, Elaine Munce, nominated Stephanie Koke, a caregiver from our Living with Cancer Program. We’re proud to share her story below:
In November 2020, Stephanie was recognized as one of the eight recipients of the One Wish Award. This award is well-deserved!
Stephanie Koke’s husband Jeff was diagnosed with metastatic, Stage IV colorectal cancer in 2014. Due to his rapidly failing health, Jeff had to leave his job in the technology industry and the family subsequently moved from Calgary to a rural farm closer to Stephanie’s family. Stephanie has taken on responsibility for the upkeep of the farm while caring for her husband and their two young daughters.
Stephanie has rallied the family through Jeff’s numerous surgeries, ongoing financial hardships, physical demands, and emotional suffering. She recently started restoring furniture and selling their farm eggs to help with expenses.
When she has time to attend our Living with Cancer Program (now on Zoom) with her husband, she is soft spoken, loving, tired and at times, emotional. Stephanie’s compassion, perseverance, and courage while she struggles to make sure Jeff has the best possible quality of life, are truly inspiring and heartwarming.