Residential Care – Brad’s Story

Growing up in Thunder Bay, Brad Scrinko was the older of two sons, a kind and compassionate boy who flourished in music and the arts. After returning to college to study business, marketing, and photography, Brad met his partner, Larry, and they ultimately decided to make London their new home.

Brad and Larry
Brad and his partner Larry

Brad lived life to the fullest and pursued his passion for art by opening his own store, Gift of Art. One day in July 2016, Brad suddenly felt disoriented and suffered a seizure. Without any history of ill health, at age 48, Brad was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, which is a tumor in the supportive tissue of the brain. Fortunately, the tumor was operable and after it was successfully removed.

Debbie, one of the kind and caring nurses, welcomed our family with a big hug – it was like having a second family. I set up the chair bed within the beautiful suite and became a permanent fixture for five weeks. It felt like you were home. From the nurses to the housekeeper, all the staff couldn’t have been more kind to our family. Whenever you called, they were there immediately.

Judy, Brad’s mother

In keeping with his optimistic nature, Brad made the most of every moment following that tragic diagnosis. Just over a year later, days before a planned trip to Calgary to visit his brother, Brad was having trouble gathering his thoughts and his speech became disoriented. His oncologist shared the terrible news. Brad had developed a new tumor deep in his brain and this time, it was not operable. Unfortunately, Brad’s disease progressed quickly.

Brad and family in Calgary, Canada
Brad and his family in Calgary

Through the advocacy of his Home and Community Care nurse, Brad was moved directly to palliative care where they made the call to St. Joseph’s Hospice. The very next day, Brad and his family were welcomed within our hospice home.

Judy, Brad’s mother, expressed gratitude to the staff at Hospice.

Debbie, one of the kind and caring nurses, welcomed our family with a big hug – it was like having a second family. I set up the chair bed within the beautiful suite and became a permanent fixture for five weeks. It felt like you were home. From the nurses to the housekeeper, all the staff couldn’t have been more kind to our family. Whenever you called, they were there immediately.

In October 2017 Brad passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice. Our story is one of many. Not unique or any more-or-less sad than others who receive care at Hospice, but we were made to feel important each and every day. Brad always looked on the bright side and to use one of his favourite sayings, ‘we were so lucky’ to have had the opportunity to live his final days at St. Joseph’s Hospice, shared Judy

Brad and Judy
Brad and Judy