WATCH: RCMP investigating after money stolen from Coombs cancer patient battling disease for the second time. Tess van Straaten reports.
For the third Monday in a row, Holly Scott checks into her temporary home at Victoria’s Sandman Hotel.
She’s staying at the hotel during the week as she undergoes chemotherapy and radiation.
“It’s hard — I just basically have to take my life moment by moment,” Scott says. “People say take it a day at a time but I can’t do that, I have to take it moment by moment.”
Scott was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in February. She’s now on her third week of daily radiation and twice daily chemo, coming down from her home in Coombs for aggressive treatment Monday to Friday.
“It’s not over after 30 days of this,” Scott says. “It’s going to be another few weeks of recovery from the radiation and then physio and rehab after that so it’s going to be a long haul.”
But the cancer battle got even harder for the psychiatric nurse — who overcame leukemia in her 20’s — after a woman organizing a big fundraiser for her cancelled the morning of the event, allegedly stealing the money and silent auction prizes.
“I was already struggling to find my positive attitude and my strength and that put me down more,” says Scott.
The theft also came as a huge shock to friends and family, who couldn’t believe someone would do that.
“I think it’s shocking that somebody would do something like that especially considering the circumstances that it was a fundraiser for someone that’s going through cancer,” says friend Ivy Turner.
Fundraiser thefts becoming more common
Nanaimo RCMP are investigating the theft and charges are expected.
Sadly, police say cases like this are becoming more and more common as thieves and would-be criminal prey on people when they’re most vulnerable.
“I’m not dwelling on it, I can’t dwell on it,” says Scott. “We’re all moving forward.”
A new fundraiser — called ‘Hugs and Love for Holly‘ — has been organized for this Friday, April 22nd, and Mid Island businesses are rallying to help.
“The community has been absolutely amazing,” says Turner. “It’s blown both myself and everyone involved away just how they’ve rallied around her.”
The out-pouring of support has renewed Holly’s faith in humanity and the entire experience has taught her an important lesson.
“Listen to your gut because there were a couple things in the beginning that didn’t seem right and I didn’t want to believe it,” says Scott.