By STEVE BUIST
A funeral service was held Saturday for Janice McFadyen, one of the patients who was featured prominently in last fall’s Code Red cancer series.
McFadyen died recently from the effects of late-stage breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. She was 45 years old.
At the beginning of August, McFadyen had been given five weeks to live, but she managed to stretch that to more than five months before she succumbed.
“It was a real testament to how strong she was, and how quietly strong she was,” said Al Shaw, McFadyen’s brother.
“She didn’t complain and no matter what, she never had a bad word to say about anyone.”
Throughout The Spectator’s Code Red cancer series, McFadyen spoke candidly and poignantly about what it was like to face a diagnosis of terminal cancer at a relatively young age, her fears and her love for her two children, 20-year-old Rachel and Dylan, a first-year student at Brock University.
“That was the kind of person she was,” said Shaw. “She would help anybody and she knew that would do somebody some good.”
Following publication of the series in late October, staff at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice, where she was staying, would jokingly ask McFadyen for her autograph.
A crowd of nearly 100 people showed up for the service on a cold, snowy afternoon.