An aspiring Canadian 400m sprinter, Myles Misener-Daley of Hamilton, has raised $15,000 in three days to help his mother, Tricia, who was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in September 2022. The sprinter is raising money to support his mother as she focuses on treatment and recovery.
Misener-Daley’s mother was first diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in March 2022. According to Misener-Daley, she underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery as per her treatment plan, and successfully fought the disease. A year later, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had surgery only days before her five-hour flight to California to attend Misener-Daley’s graduation from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). But by September, the cancer had spread to her lungs, and Misener-Daley had to return to UCLA for his final year as a sprinter in their track and field program.
“My mom has always been one of my biggest supporters in every aspect of life,” wrote Misener-Daley. “Although we have daily contact, the pain and heartbreak of being away from her during these difficult times can be unbearable.”
Misener-Daley grew up in Hamilton, attending Westdale Secondary School, but has been at UCLA since the fall of 2019. His record-breaking high school times garnered a lot of attention; he set the Canadian U18 400m record of 45.99 and won high school provincial titles in the 100m, 200m, and 400m.
His fundraising campaign for his mother has reached more than $15,000 in the two days since he launched it. “I want my mom to peacefully focus on her health, recovery, and happiness without the financial worries or burdens of no longer working,” says Misener-Daley. “She has given me a wonderful life, now, it is my turn to be her rock to lean on.”
Misener-Daley says he is overwhelmed by the amount of support he and his mother have received. “I’ve had hundreds of people reach out and do what they can to help her through these times,” he says. “The money helps pay for things she needs, like rent and groceries, as she isn’t able to work anymore.”
Even though Misener-Daley cannot be there with his mom, he believes his fundraiser is an opportunity to share her story and get his mother the help she needs. You can donate to Misener-Daley’s campaign for his mother on GoFundMe, where 100 per cent of the funds will go to supporting her financially during this difficult time. “If I can aid even a small amount of financial burden, it will aid in the fight for her life,” says Misener-Daley.