In June 2006, at the age of 46, Terry Kennerley was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. The shock of this development was profound. He was a young and vigorous man with a successful business and a thriving family, including a partner and four children. Terry remained positive throughout his treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was always an active supporter of other patients. He drove those who could not drive to the support group sessions, established a second support group outside the cancer agency, met with newly diagnosed patients who needed some words of encouragement from a "veteran," and spoke to oncologists about delivering a message of hope to patients with brain tumours.
His death left a very large hole in the lives of those patients and cancer agency staff who had come to admire him so deeply, who were cheered by his unfailing good spirits and sense of humour, and who benefitted so much from his compassion and courage.
It is in gratitude and fond memory of Terry that this award is established. This award will honour any British Columbian who has made a meaningful contribution to the brain tumour community. Examples of a meaningful contribution could include: enhancing patient care; educating patients and/or health professionals; supporting brain tumour research; raising public awareness of brain tumours.
is a BC Cancer Agency newsletter for patients with brain tumours. There was an article on Terry Kennerley in Headlines in Fall 2012, page 3.