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article imageDespite cancer, Rob Ford to speak at cenotaph on Remembrance Day

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 9, 2014 in Politics
In what may be the last public appearance as mayor by Rob Ford, he will attend, and speak at, a Remembrance Day ceremony Tuesday. The mayor, ill with cancer, will leave his hospital bed to do so.
Note that in the end, Mr. Ford was too sick to attend the ceremony.
Ford has attended ceremonies each year during his embattled tenure as the Mayor of Toronto. The ceremony to remember Canada's fallen, and pay tribute to them and others who served, will be at the Old City Hall.
In September, Ford was found to have a rare form of soft-tissue cancer in his abdomen called liposarcoma. He is undergoing his third round of chemotherapy at Mount Sinai Hospital. To date the cancerous tumors have not shrunk, but Ford said his doctors told him they have not grown any larger, either.
He dropped out of the mayor's race because of his illness, replaced by his brother, Doug Ford, who last to John Tory, but Rob Ford ran for council in Ward 2, and won. He does have three weeks as mayor left beyond Remembrance Day, giving over the reins to Tory on Dec. 2.
Obviously these are trying times for the 45-year-old Ford. He said last month it is particularly hard given the ages of his children and what they are going through.
“It’s explaining to my kids what a will is. It’s terrible. It’s hard. It’s emotionally hard. They hear about things like that. Obviously they Google it," he said. "Stephanie’s now 10 and Dougie’s seven. They know what’s going on at 10 and 7. And it’s heartbreaking at times. They say stuff. ‘Who’s going to tuck me in at night?’ ‘Who’s going to take care of us?’
"Some nights I just cry myself to sleep."
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