Ont. mom who championed cancer drug dies

Kimm Fletcher, 41, holds a photo of her family at Queen's Park Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (Antonella...

Kimm Fletcher, 41, holds a photo of her family at Queen's Park Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

TORONTO -- Cancer drug crusader Kimm Fletcher, the Milton, Ont., mom who came to Queen's Park seeking funding for the drug Avastin, has died.

Fletcher, 41, died at 6:10 p.m. Sunday of brain cancer.

Her husband, Scott, released a statement Monday saying he was proud of the way his wife took on the government.

"I was so proud of the way she stood up and asked the government to make change not only for herself, but for all the Ontarians and Canadians who expect their government to take care of them in their time of need," he said in a statement.

"In the process, she did find help. Help from the public. The listeners, viewers and readers who learned about her story and donated money so that she could get access to the Avastin drug that allowed her to have more time with our children," he said.

The drug is covered in B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The extra time Avastin gave her allowed Fletcher to celebrate her daughter's eighth birthday as she'd hoped at Great Wolf Lodge on March 27.

"She was at peace. She was ready to accept what was to come," he said.

Two weeks ago, she made the decision to enter Ian Anderson House hospice, he said.

One of Fletcher's last hopes was to visit the Atlantic Ocean. When it was clear she wouldn't be able to fufil that wish, friends sent her a jar or Atlantic Ocean water from Newfoundland.


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