Francis family facing another cancer diagnosis

Windsor City Councillor Fred Francis at City Hall, June 18, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

A Windsor city councillor is maintaining his optimism despite a recent cancer diagnosis.

Fred Francis said he was diagnosed with Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or cancerous lymph cells on New Year’s Eve. The Ward 1 councillor said he was having a pain in his chest over the last few weeks and wasn’t feeling well, so he underwent a number of tests and scans during the holidays to determine the cause.

“As terrifying as cancer is, I am prepared to undergo treatment knowing that many others in our community have faced a similar challenge,” said Francis. “I am also reassured by the amazing care provided by our local doctors, nurses, care providers and Cancer Centre team.”

Francis said the cancer diagnosis comes with a very positive prognosis and outcome. Most individuals diagnosed with this type of Hodgkin disease can be cured with treatment that includes chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

“I will continue to perform my city council duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, but want to thank you all in advance for your patience and understanding, as it will be several months before I am back to my regular pace,” said Francis.

His sister-in-law and the wife of former mayor Eddie Francis, Michelle Prince, died of colorectal cancer in November at the age of 47.

“With Michelle’s passing our family was supported by the heartwarming generosity and comfort of our community and we are so very grateful,” the councillor said. “Now, I begin my own unique cancer journey and I am determined to show the same dignity, strength and positive spirit that Michelle demonstrated during hers.