It was Kate Sangster’s maternal instinct that pushed her to seek out more answers for her son Ty’s persistent flu symptoms. After Ty began to walk unbalanced, and his eye coordination was suddenly off, Kate knew it was time for bloodwork. The shocking results came quickly. Ty was diagnosed with leukemia, and the family was sent immediately from their home in Pemberton to BC Children’s Hospital.
From the moment they arrived at Children’s, Kate felt warmly welcomed by the team of caregivers. The next 27 days as inpatients came with several tests, treatments and learning the details of what the next three years would bring.
After six months of intense treatment, tests showed that Ty’s was in remission. Ty is now in the maintenance phase of treatment, which allows him to take most medicines at home, with monthly trips to Children’s Hospital. His treatment will complete at the end of 2019.
Kate credits Ty with giving her strength to push through, and says “if you’re lucky in life you will meet someone who inspires you and makes you a better person. Mine is four-years-old and calls me Mama.”
Ty is the 2017 Festival of Trees Whistler Champion. Learn more about this festive community event here.