Out of tragedy comes hope

The deaths of two young people from cancer has resulted in Canada’s first childhood cancer awareness organization

Ty Sparks and Jacey Uphill

Ty Sparks and Jacey Uphill

The families of two young people who died last year are hoping that something especially good will arise out of the tragedy.

Jacey Uphill of Cranbrook and Ty Sparks of Calgary both passed away last year, after fighting their own battles with cancer. The two bonded while undergoing treatment at a Calgary hospital, and decided they wanted and needed to increase awareness of childhood cancer.

And thus 2Believe — Canada’s first childhood cancer awareness organization — was born.

Jacey and Ty conceived of the concept and designed the logo for 2Believe, which at this stage is partnering with the Helping Families Handle Cancer Foundation.

Marnette Uphill, Jacey’s aunt, said that despite the harsh realities of their illness and treatments, both Jacey and Ty wanted to be active in their communities about raising awareness of childhood cancer.