October 24th, 2020

GoFundMe page set up for local principal battling brain tumours


By Jensen, Randy on August 8, 2020.

Agnes Davidson principal Broc Higginson waves to children and their families during a teacher-student connection parade earlier this spring. A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up as Higginson battles recently diagnosed brain tumours. Herald file photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

Support is growing for a Lethbridge elementary school principal who has been diagnosed with two brain tumours.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Broc Higginson, who is the principal at Ecole Agnes Davidson Elementary School.

According to the GoFundMe page, Higginson, who is married to Steph and have two children, Kale (11) and Brin (8), has been an active, healthy, engaged and loving father and a committed husband. He is a leader in the community, a school principal, a mentor and role model, making a positive impact on everyone he meets.

Carla Tait Sadownick, who organized the fundraiser, noted on the GoFundMe page that on June 23 Higginson was full of energy, life and vitality. On June 24, he was flown by air ambulance to Calgary Foothills Hospital after suffering a seizure that left him fighting for his life in the ICU.

For 10 days the neurological and neuro-oncology teams tried to stabilize Higginson’s condition. He fought pneumonia, ongoing seizures and experienced slurred speech and delayed motor control. His children were unable to visit due to COVID-19. His wife was alone by his side.

Higginson was diagnosed with two brain tumours and was scheduled to return to Calgary for his first surgery on Thursday, followed by planned chemotherapy and radiation.

While Higginson’s prognosis remains uncertain, there is no question the family is facing an uncertain and life-altering journey, said Sadownick on the page.

“This GoFundMe is to honour Broc and his family – to contribute in one of the only ways we can,” said Sadownick, a lifelong friend of Steph. “We can offer thoughts and prayers, but we can also offer contributions that will open the door to seeking alternative forms of care that will help Broc feel more comfortable in his journey.

“We can offer contributions that will support Broc and his family to enjoy their time together with a reduced financial burden when their thoughts are already heavy enough. We can offer contributions that will assist the family in their travels to and from Calgary. We can offer contributions because we care.”

View the GoFundMe page and donate at https://ca.gf.me/v/c/hq2n/brocsteph039s-journey.

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