After a determined and brave fight against squamous cell carcinoma-head and neck cancer, Robin died July 19,2008 with his family and friends by his side. In his fiftieth year, when cancer struck, Robin was an active, fit and healthy individual and non-smoker. The aggressive nature of the cancer and its failure to respond to any of the treatments has shocked and devastated his family and wide circle of colleagues and friends.
Robin was a keen recreational cyclist, avid sports enthusiast and has always had a strong love of nature and outdoor activities. Robin was well known in the Kingston community both from his work at Investors Group and through his many years of coaching commitments in soccer, ringette and volleyball. His infectious laugh and wry sense of humour have created lasting memories for all who know him.
Squamous cell head and neck cancer is not as widely known and is grossly underrepresented in research funding. This aggressive cancer normally strikes smokers. Robin has never smoked in his life. Survival and treatment of head and neck cancer has not improved in the past 30 years. With these statistics, Robin's family; his wife Cindy, daughters Andie and Molly; extended family and friends are rallying to raise funds on his behalf to support research into head and neck cancer. The first event will be hosted by Investors Group Kingston Branch on September 21 at the Terry Fox Run. Please contact Dave Cunnigham at Investors group for more information.
All donations in Robin's memory will be allocated to the Canadian Cancer Foundation Head and Neck Cancer Research.
The McHardy, Hall, Biskupski and Pardo families