In February 2016, ‘Stuntman’ Stu Schwartz posted a video announcement from his hospital room on Facebook. He had leukemia. Within hours, the Majic 100 radio host and Ottawa Senators PA announcer had received hundreds of messages from fans. “I wanted to take everyone with me. I thought I could create awareness of the disease and raise a bit of money at the same time for stem cell research,” said Stu.
He immediately began treatment, and almost as quickly began fundraising for leukemia and stem cell research at The Ottawa Hospital. His initial goal was $25,000. The #StuStrong movement was launched with the slogan, “Pain is temporary.” Meaning, “It’s not long-term; it’s short-term,” said Stu. The well-known radio personality was public with every stage of his illness and treatment. He shared daily video blogs via Facebook and Twitter about his disease and treatment, and what he was going through. He needed stem cells from another donor to replace his diseased bone marrow. A match was found from the 23 million donors in the registry of 70 countries. In May 2016, Stu underwent chemo, radiation, and a stem cell bone marrow transplant to reboot his system. Stu blogged candidly about how tough the diagnosis, transplant, treatment and recuperation were, but with an unstoppable, positive “pain is temporary” attitude. His openness and honesty inspired many patients battling their own cancer. It also inspired the entire Ottawa community to give. Surrounded by support from the Ottawa Senators, the Sens Army, radio listeners, and Ottawans at large, the #StuStrong movement raised $315,000 for leukemia and stem cell research.
You can make a difference by taking part in one of the following activities. All funds raised support The Ottawa Hospital and will benefit those going through cancer in our community.
For more information on how you can get involved by creating your own fundraising event email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-798-5555, ext. 19832.