The Harold Hakala Memorial Fund

The Harold Hakala Memorial Fund

With heavy hearts we announce our dad, Harold Hakala, age 61 years, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side, Saturday May 10th, 2014 after a courageous battle with leiomyosarcoma.

A life long resident of South Gillies, Canada, he enjoyed his family and work. He stayed close to where his heart was both on the family homestead and in the bush as a logger. He was a self taught man of many skills and a patient teacher. His love of the outdoors kept him busy whether fixing, building, chopping firewood, or simply enjoying the beauty of the Great Northwest. He spent many memorable summers travelling and camping with family. He and his family enjoyed spending time at Shebandowan Lake cottage and firing up the sauna he built.

After diagnosis of Stage IV LMS with poor prognosis in January 2013, Harold’s strong spirit carried him through an excellent quality of life for 1 year. He underwent chemotherapy with no difficulties, often shoveling snow outside after his treatment. He returned to work, enjoyed the summer, and even drove across Canada to the West Coast and back. His strength was exceptional and often unbelievable.

Thank you to family and friends for ongoing love and support. Special thanks to nurse Linda, Dr Sicheri, Dr. Cook, Dr Kind, Dr McKinney, and the 1A team at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Center.

Harold’s wish was to support and share hope with other people facing cancer and especially LMS. There is always hope no matter what any doctor may tell you.

The fund will be put towards registration for people with LMS to attend the LMS Retreat this fall 2014 in San Francisco. It is a place for patients to meet each other and learn about the latest research and treatment options. We would have loved to have attended.

If you would like to make a donation to LMSdr in memory of Harold, please click here . (When donating through PayPal, you can use the Designation Box to specify a Fund.)