The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society was the recipient of more than $33,000 from the Road Builders Association of Nova Scotia in support of the Jason Fahey Legacy Fund. The money was raised during the association’s meeting in January. From left, Doris Fahey, Jason’s mother; Bridget Fahey, Jason’s sister; hospice society executive director Craig Johnson; Pam Sullivan, immediate past president of the Road Builders Association; Gary Rudolph, association president; Peter Fahey, Jason’s brother; Andrew Lake, past president; and Grant Feltmate, association executive director.
TRURO - Doris Fahey had to take a moment to compose herself before speaking about her son.
“He was a remarkable young man, valiant and brave,” she said of Jason. “He never wanted to be identified with his illness, and he lived life fully. He made us very proud.”
Fahey was on hand at the Road Builders Association of Nova Scotia’s golf tournament at Truro Golf Club for a presentation of more than $33,000 to Colchester East Hants Hospice Society in support of the Jason Fahey Legacy Fund.
Pam Sullivan, immediate past president of the association, chose the charity to be supported, through money raised at the annual general meeting.
“We all live and work in Colchester and East Hants and we are all friends with the Fahey family,” Sullivan said. “This is something that’s very near and dear to us, and it’s a service that affects all of us.”
Jason Fahey was 23 when he passed away in October 2015 from acute myeloid leukemia. It wasn’t long after that his family and friends, with help of the local hospice society, created the legacy fund.
“It was an easy answer, to give the money to the hospice society,” Fahey said. “Jason had the privilege of working with a social worker and he was really taken away by her. And that support is ongoing. We just had a phone call from her, reaching out to us and offering services. One thing I have learned about grieving is that it’s never ending.”
Craig Johnson, executive director of the hospice society, said the family and society will work together to determine where the money will be used.
“We are honoured the family has chosen hospice in the way they have,” he said. “Jason and (social worker) Serena (Lewis) worked really well together. That’s what we strive to do, make our programs as human as possible.”
Fahey said one idea they are looking at is creating a program through hospice to support caregivers.
“I know there’s not much help out there in the community for caregivers,” she said.
Plans are already in the works for another celebration on Dec. 29 to honour Jason.
“We want to have something in his name,” said his brother, Peter.
“And we want to take the time and get it right,” added Johnson.