Omar Pricca

  • Age: 47
  • Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
  • Occupation: IT Systems Analyst
  • Family: Married 20 years to my lovely wife Nadene, and we are the proud parents of our son, Julian (19) and daughter, Jocelyn (14).
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Omar Pricca

 

Why I’m doing this:

Our daughter Jocelyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) at the end of August 2017, a week before her 13th birthday. Treatment has been going well, and as a family we are keeping positive for the end of treatment and beyond (December 2019.)

If it had not been for the years of established research, development of treatment protocols, and amazing staff at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, things could be significantly different. For this, our family is eternally grateful. We are focused on paying it forward to ensure that either a cure is in place or the support needed for future families continues to be there… just like it was for us.

By participating in the National Kids Cancer Ride, I can do my part to support Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and subsequently the groups that have made such a difference in our lives and the lives of the other families we see on a regular basis at the Oncology clinic.

Who you admire:

I admire the individuals and organizations like Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation who work tirelessly to organize and raise funds to make a difference…

I admire the researchers who dedicate their lives to giving us hope that there can be a future free of childhood cancer…

I admire the doctors and nurses at the Children’s Hospitals who see and experience things that are unimaginable to the regular person, they are truly the Angels that walk among us…

I admire my wife Nadene – who, as an amazing “Mamma bear” has been our rock during this journey. Showing such love and devotion to our daughter, taking charge of a situation as only a woman can. I shudder to think of how things would be without her determination and diligence…

Lastly, I admire my daughter Jocelyn and the other children who are dealing with this kind of life changing reality. Only they can truly understand the emotional and physical pain they have to endure on a daily basis in the hope of living a normal life. Jocelyn has shown such courage dealing with all of it; blood transfusions, chemotherapy, side effects, and the daily barrage of pills yet still she works hard (and is succeeding) at being a stubborn teenager.

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