In November of last year, Rick Beaver passed away from esophageal cancer. It was the 65-year-old’s dying wish that proceeds of a fundraiser held in his honour would be donated to his treatment facility—the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
Beaver was one of the first customers signed up at the Calgary Cannabis Club in 2016. The organization supported Beaver through his battle and held a silent live auction after his passing, intending to donate $6,000 in funds raised to the cancer clinic.
“Once a day he would do a wake-and-bake video for the group, and post daily about his progress and how cannabis was helping him manage his pain,” says the president of the Calgary Cannabis Club, John Ferrier, on the phone to the Straight.
“A lot of the club members would go visit him in the hospital. He just really was an important part of our community and he made a big difference in a lot of people’s lives. He always carried a message of positivity, right to the end.”