The Compass’ reveals its ‘feel good story of the year’
Winning $13,000 at a hockey game gave the Anthony’s a touch of luck after a rough five-year span of health concerns. That is why their story is The Compass’ feel good story of the year.
Harold Anthony was undergoing radiation treatment for early-stage prostate cancer in November when he was given free tickets to the Ice Caps hockey game by the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Clinic. He purchased a 50/50 ticket, not expecting to win.
But he did win, and went back to Daffodil Place cancer patient lodge that night and showed his wife Jessie the cheque.
The couple had been plagued with health trouble, including Jessie’s own cancer battle and quadruple bypass. But their positive outlook and prize winnings became a way to help others out, not just themselves.
Harry and Jessie took their friends from Daffodil Place — there were 16 of them — to supper. They gave each of their children $1,000 and bought the neighbour a large bag of dog food on their way back to their hometown of Grate’s Cove on the Bay de Verde peninsula.
The family has been known for helping others when needed, even if it meant doing without.
One of the things Harry has always done is keep his truck stocked with Pepsi in case anyone he comes across ever wants a drink, and said that will never change.
Since then, Harry has completed his treatment, and the couple is still helping their neighbours and giving away free Pepsi.
When Harry and Jessie Anthony won some $13,000 at an Ice Caps hockey game in November, while Harry was undergoing cancer treatment, they had no trouble using it to help out and thank other people.