Ont. Liberals opt for bread over cancer drug

Scott Fletcher, with eight-year-old daughter Martie and 10-year-old son Keidon, in their Milton...

Scott Fletcher, with eight-year-old daughter Martie and 10-year-old son Keidon, in their Milton home Monday, April 28, 2014, the day after his wife Kimm, right, died after a battle with cancer. (QMI Agency Photos)

Joe Warmington, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

MILTON, Ont. -- They may not have granted the $100,000 for life-extending treatment to Kimm Fletcher, but Ontario's Liberal government did seem to have six figures to help a Scarborough bakery sell bread.

"We're moving away from a time when farmers didn't necessarily know where their produce was going," Premier Kathleen Wynne explained Saturday as she handed over a $147,000 cheque of our money to Stonemill Bakehouse, out of a $30-million Local Food Fund, to help promote their delicious Prince Edward Country rye bread.

"We want to make sure they know where the produce is going and purchasers know where the produce is coming from."

This investment of Ontario tax dollars is just not going to help Kimm Fletcher.

She was in need of an $8,000-a-month chemo treatment to allow her more time with her husband, Scott, and children, Keidon, 10, and Martie, 8.

She was turned down.

The Milton cancer-drug-funding crusader, who had the audacity to have cancer of the brain instead of the colon, died Sunday at age 41.

"The troubling irony is if the cancer had have been inches below her brain, there would have been coverage for her to be on Avastin," Scott said Monday. "That's the part that is so upsetting. The drug is approved in Ontario but just not for what Kimm needed it for."

The other troubling irony is if she had been looking to sell some rye bread instead of fighting to stay alive, there would be money available.

But for Scott Fletcher it's not just the money the government wouldn't pay to help keep his wife alive that bothers him. He naively believed government would roll up its collective sleeves to work the problem like they did for the financial needs of eHealth, the gas plant cancellations or even this important issue of better marketing bread.

"It's the 9-to-5 approach where they say the day is over and we have a cocktail party to go," he said.

There's been no cocktail party for the Fletchers in recent years. They were fighting to keep Kimm alive and fighting the system.

Now she's gone.

A visitation for Kimm Fletcher will be at Milton's McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., followed by a funeral service Thursday at noon at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

"Martie at eight is like a mini-Kimm," Scott said from his Milton home. "I am helping her cope but she is helping me. Keidon is angry and not eating and staying in his room. But together we will work through it."


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