Because of the outpour received from family, friends, and colleagues asking how they can support, we have decided to start a GoFundMe for John Tebbutt & his family for anything they may need during this trying time.
On December 9th, 2019, John was diagnosed with Stage III muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC). Due to his age, he was misdiagnosed three times before ultimately receiving his diagnosis - being diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of 37 is just not supposed to happen. By the time it was identified, cancer had already spread through the bladder wall. John underwent a transurethral resection and then completed five rounds of chemotherapy. On April 16th, 2020, he had a radical cystectomy (complete removal of his bladder) as well as reconstruction of a neobladder made from his small intestine.
John made it a personal goal to "crush cancer by June” - in time for his 37th birthday and to see the Raptors win their second championship.
Following his surgery, his prognosis was positive and he returned to working out and teaching throughout the summer. On October 19th, 2020 he went to the ER for what he thought was a kidney stone. Instead, he was told that cancer had metastasized to lymph nodes in his back, his hip, and psoas muscle. John started a pain management regime while his oncologist looked for a clinical trial.
On November 6th, 2020, John lost the ability to use his legs. Further tests and scans revealed inoperable tumors on his spine. On Sunday, November 8th he underwent extensive spinal surgery at Toronto Western Hospital to try and alleviate some of the pressure and prevent any neurological side effects and he has remained in the hospital since.
Lastly, on November 23rd, 2020, doctors confirmed that cancer has also metastasized to his liver and lungs. He has been given a life expectancy of under three months. John has been removed from cancer treatment with the primary focus now being pain management and keeping him comfortable.
Watching John go through his battle with cancer has been truly gut-wrenching. A devoted husband and father, John met his wife Breanna in 2016. If you ask him, time stopped and it was love at first sight. They had a whirlwind romance and welcomed their daughter, Everly, on July 6th, 2017. John immediately jumped into the "girl dad" role and shares an incredible bond with Everly - he’s in his element playing dress up, dolls or watching Rapunzel with her.
John and Breanna were married on February 16th, 2018 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. It was an intimate evening ceremony filled with love and laughter. The love John has for both Breanna and Everly is truly something special and he’s often gloating that he’s the luckiest guy in the world.
John is also a passionate yoga instructor, personal trainer and strength coach who has spent the last fifteen years coaching and teaching others. If you’ve attended one of his classes you know the light, energy, and intensity that he brings to a room. He’s brought these same things to his fight against cancer.
Like many others right now, the Covid lockdowns and restrictions have significantly impacted this family. Not only do both Breanna and John work in the fitness industry, but they have also had to go through John’s treatment in the time of Covid - meaning heightened restrictions and limited visitors/visiting hours. Throughout it all, Breanna has been a steady force of strength holding it down for their family. She has managed to maintain a consistent day-to-day routine for Evie while continuing to support John every way she can as they’ve navigated his evolving treatment together.
Simply put, John has touched so many lives and spent years helping others, now it’s our turn to help him. We know times are tough for many right now, so if you are not able to donate we’d be grateful if you can please share this within your own circle/community.
- William J Kent
- Jennifer Cornthwaite
- Jason Bazarkewich
- Martin Goldstein
Organizer and beneficiary
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