Dr. Brad Harris’ daughter beat cancer after 2.5 years of chemotherapy.
Comox Valley General Practitioner Dr. Brad Harris has had to deliver his share of bad news but in November 2012 he was on the receiving end of devastating news.
His 3 year-old daughter had just been flown to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
“Well that first night was, the worst night of my life” Brad Harris told CHEK News.
“I actually stopped the nurse, at about 3:30 in the morning I said you just can’t, you can’t, you can’t take her blood, she said I have to, I said no you can’t, you just can’t” continued Harris as he described how hard it was to accept the news.
Two and a half years of chemotherapy later Linden was given a clean bill of health.
That’s when Harris began to focus on how he could return the favour to BC Children’s Hospital and You Are Not Alone(YANA), a Comox Valley organization that helps local families with financial help and accommodation while their children are in Vancouver for medical treatments.
His answer was simple, turning his love of making beer into a fundraiser.
“I said I can do that with my beer and that’s when the passion turned to a mission, and this is the first step” said Harris.
He has been making his beer at home for years but in order to be able to sell it and make all things legal, he brewed it at Gladstone Brewing Co. in Courtenay.
The beer was “kegged” this week.
“So the beer we brewed is the Royston IPA. It’s my recipe. I did a few prototypes at home and this is the third version of it” explained Harris.
It’s officially on sale, for a limited time at Gladstone’s and the White Whale in Courtenay as well as Roy’s Town pub in Royston.
Harris hopes to raise at least 15-thousand dollars to split between BC Children’s Hospital and YANA.