Stephen Andrew is the Executive Director of Kidney Cancer Canada, a patient and a survivor of Stage IV metastatic kidney cancer. For the past 6 years, doctors cannot find any evidence of disease (NED), 5 of those years without any form of drug therapy.
Stephen Andrew first became involved in Kidney Cancer Canada as a patient in 2008 when he met co-founders Deb Maskens and Tony Clark at a medical conference. Shortly after, Stephen was speaking at patient meetings and in recent years has been the emcee for our Annual Patient and Caregiver Forums. Stephen joined the board of Kidney Cancer Canada in 2014 and in April 2017, he stepped down from his position as Vice Chair and Secretary to take on the role of Executive Director.
The former journalist is best known for his work as a television reporter, anchor and radio talk show host who has worked for several news outlets including CTV, CBC, CHEK, and CFAX radio. His work has been recognized with 10 Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Jack Webster Award for Best Television Reporting. During his journalism career Stephen produced many reports on his journey with Kidney cancer to raise awareness of the disease and to demystify treatment options.
He was instrumental in drawing attention to the need for oral therapy to be provided by the Government of B.C. and within days of interviewing then Health Minister George Abbott on his radio program the province agreed to pay for the therapy for all B.C. patients.
His work covering the issue of homelessness has been recognized by the Victoria homeless community and his reporting on public health has been recognized with an Award of Merit from the Public Health Association of British Columbia.
He is also a Board Member of Lifetime Networks and the Victoria International Running Society.