When Bill Beattie was diagnosed with AML, a type of Leukemia, in January of 2008 his world as he knew it was turned upside down. His initial treatment regime consisted of a month long hospital stay, and from there he was told it would be several lengthy admissions over the course of the next 6 months to one year, depending on how his body tolerated chemotherapy and whether or not they found a bone marrow match for a transplant. He would be mostly confined to his hospital room, permitted limited activity (not able to go to work), and restricted from having many visitors due to his depleted immune system.

Over the course of his treatment he realized that there was a great need for financial assistance and very little in the way of funding for patients and families going through chemo therapy for blood cancer. And so he decided that he would make an effort to change this.

In May of 2008, Bill lost his battle with Leukemia but his legacy continues with the “Bill Beattie Memorial Endowment Fund”. The Beattie family continues to hold fundraising events and create awareness of the fund, which hopes to financially support Alberta Families who are battling Leukemia & Lymphoma well into the future.