Tricia lost her battle with cancer more than a year ago and we miss her as much today as the day she passed.
During her life Tricia faced difficult health challenges. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 1997 followed by two relapses and three stem cell transplants. In 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and later with brain metastases in 2017.
Throughout the years, Tricia was a tireless volunteer. She served as a founding board of trustee's member of the Alberta Chapter Leukemia Lymphoma Society and as a passionate supporter for Light the Night, Team in Training, First Connections, and Celebrity Waiters luncheon. She was an AHS council member for the Provincial Advisory Council - cancer; and on the core committee of the Strategic Clinical Network - Cancer. Most recently she was a special projects patient advisor for the Calgary Cancer Center planning and was so excited to see construction begin.
She shared her knowledge of living and thriving with cancer by speaking to numerous groups including MRU nursing students; Canadian Blood Services; and the Survivor Celebration at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Avenue Magazine named her to their 2011 class Top 40 under 40. In 2017 The Tricia Antonini Award was created by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at Tom Baker Cancer Center and the Alberta Cancer Foundation to recognize those who have created an environment of hope for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada established the First Connections Volunteer of the year award and named it in Tricia's honour.
Tricia's love of art was celebrated on June 21, 2018 on the twenty first anniversary of her first diagnosis when she fulfilled a dream of sharing her twenty-one year story with accompanying visualizations. She compared life to a canvas covered with splatters of paint from interactions with one another. Travel was a passion of Tricia's, taking every opportunity she could to enjoy, while encouraging others to do the same. Her many destinations included Okanagan vineyards, Maui, NYC, Las Vegas, London, Italy, Greece and Germany where she met her second stem cell donor.
Honouring Tricia as the Light The Night Calgary Remembered Hero this year means a lot to us and we will continue to tell her story as she lived A POTENT LIFE.