Halifax councillor makes cancer diagnosis public, putting ‘health above everything else’
A Halifax-area councillor has announced that he was recently diagnosed with cancer, which will impact his ability to work in the coming months.
Coun. Paul Russell, who represents the Lower Sackville area, said in a statement Tuesday that he was recently diagnosed with cancer in his head and neck area, which will requite almost two months of radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
“We caught this cancer early, and I do expect to recover fully,” he said.
“Through this treatment, and for some time afterwards, I am putting my health above everything else. I need to do this so that I can continue to work for my community.”
Public Service Announcement – I will be generally unavailable for in-person meetings, and there may also be unscheduled absences or last minute cancellations, for the next two or three months as I battle cancer. I ask for your patience and understanding at this time. pic.twitter.com/ar27VvCMdu