My father Malcolm Stinson was diagnosed at age 49 in 2009, with Multiple Myeloma.
During his stem cell transplant, he kept a positive attitude through athleticism by bringing his bike with him at the Cross-Cancer Institute. Within a year, he was competing competitively with triathlon and by 2011 he traveled to Beijing for the Triathlon World Championships.
My dad has been active his whole life. He played ice/ball hockey with accomplishments such as being a part of the Ball Hockey Hall of Fame top point leaders as well as coached team Canada at the worlds in ball hockey. Since I was 6 my father along with my younger sister Victoria raced BMX racing from provincial to world class level. Above all triathlon was his passion, he competed at the Hawaii Iron Man and was 5-time competitor at ITU Triathlon worlds. I am very proud of my dad and all his accomplishments. He has been a super hero to me since I was a child, with his ability to bike down Groat road exceeding the speed limit and passing cars.
In his professional life my father created and manufactured products carried nationally by Home Depot and Rona, laser tag, and a line of custom interior doors and wainscoting that are sold across western Canada.
Now he wants to raise awareness and give back to Multiple Myeloma research by racing a ½ Iron man a day for the month of July.
Spring 2006, my sister, dad, and I were in Airdrie for a BMX camp. We were practicing on the jumps, and while me and my sister were lined up to go on the course, my dad was on the track ahead of us. Before it was our turn to go a friend ahead of us came up to us shocked telling us our dad had crashed.
He was then taken by the ambulance that day to the Calgary hospital where he had to stay for a month to get surgery and wear a halo to recover from having a broken neck and a smashed wrist. The blood tests taken in preparation for the surgery then told to tell he was anemic, which seemed odd because he was into triathlon and BMX and never had symptoms. Assuring the nurse, it was just an error in the blood test, my dad ignored if it was true or not. Then in 2009 he was scheduled for back surgery due to being cross checked in ice hockey. Late one night he received a phone call from the doctor who was supposed to perform the surgery on him. The Doctor told him he had a very low red blood cell count and then diagnosed him with Multiple Myeloma. My dad had no idea what this condition meant and assumed they could just fix it, but the doctor told him it was quite serious. Later on he researched what it was and finally figured out he had a form of cancer in his bone marrow. Nervously reading through the internet he would read he only had two years to live. This is not a common form of cancer for a man who was a young, healthy and athletic his whole life. He has now lived five plus years, being diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
My dad was scheduled for stem cell transplant and agreed to be hospitalized for a month during his 50th birthday. He was curious to know to if he would be as fit, hinting to see if he would still be able to do all the activity he was doing before surgery. The doctor responded that he could get close but not entirely back to normal. I remember visiting him with my grandma and having to shave his head even though he wasn’t losing much hair. 6 months later he felt stronger and healthier than he had been in a long time, he felt reborn. Since then he has been on maintenance chemo-therapy, he has had little to no side effects from being on through these treatments.