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GoFundMe campaign for local residents exceeding expectations

A GoFundMe, launched for Canmore resident Michelle Fuller, has exceeded expectations as donations pour in to help her through her battle with cancer.

CANMORE — For those who know Canmore resident Michelle Fuller, they describe her as humble and happy and a person who will prove someone wrong when told she can’t do something.

Over the past 21 years, she’s fought several battles with cancer, raised more than $60,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, of which she is a spokesperson, climbed Mount Terry Fox and even had a biography written. about her.

In 1999, Fuller was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, which after years of treatment resulted in major surgery to remove his right eye, cheekbone, and part of the roof of his mouth. For the next 12 years, she was cancer free until the cancer spread to her lungs and brain, resulting in part of her lung being removed. In 2013, she underwent five months of chemotherapy. In 2019, the cancer returned to his right middle lobe in his lung, which was partially removed.

Through her own cancer journey, Fuller was inspired by Terry Fox, whom she met aged 11 during the Marathon of Hope in May 1980, to raise money for cancer research. .

“I was chosen to give him the money we raised, shake his hand and thank him,” Fuller, who grew up in Prince Edward Island, said in an interview with the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2020. “I remember going to the end of our street and seeing him running around the island. It was very special.

That’s why, after her sixth cancer diagnosis on February 7, 2022, those she had helped inspire decided to do what they could to help her.

“We just realized we had to help out,” said Esther Davies, whom Fuller calls his “Mama from Alberta.” “She is very positive and always thinks that good things will happen and that she will be able to cope with this cancer.”

To help, Esther and her husband Ron emailed 60 people three weeks ago asking for donations for a GoFundMe campaign. The initial expectation was between $12,000 and $15,000, but it quickly rose above that number. As of April 13, it had surpassed $30,700 to reach its target of $40,000.

“It just mushroomed from there. We are somewhat surprised. I thought if we could raise between $12,000 and $15,000 we would be way ahead of the game,” Ron said. “We are already ahead of what I expected.”

The new cancer will require a PET scan to see if Ewing’s sarcoma has spread elsewhere in Fuller’s body. If that’s clear, she’ll still need to have her entire right middle lung removed, along with tumors in the right upper and lower lung lobes. Fuller’s husband, Henri, will also be away from work to care for her at home, and they have to travel back and forth to Edmonton for dental checkups every three months.

Support for the GoFundMe campaign has been high. An analysis of the 134 donors includes donations of $1,000 from several people, as well as other donations of $200 to $500.

“There are people out there that I have no idea who they are who donated,” Ron said.

The money raised will help Michelle and Henri with the financial costs of the fight against cancer and travel to Calgary and Edmonton.

“I thought if we put it between $12,000 and $15,000, it would give Henri and Michelle at least a year to a year and a half of financial clarity,” Ron said. “As things stand, it will probably take at least three years.”

“It allows him to move forward a bit. To take the pressure off a bit,” Esther added.

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe Help Michelle Continue Her Journey campaign, go to