Charlie Fischer: What happens to those who can’t advocate for themselves?

As someone who has served as a leader in several energy giants in Calgary, Alberta, Charlie Fischer is an icon in the business community.

So it was that when he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, he brought to bear an impressive team and strategy to his battle against the disease.

By his side was his family — supportive and engaged, healthy financial means, significant clout and a cohort of alternative practitioners. And that same mission-oriented mindset that made him successful in business was now central to this battle for his life.

“My experience in business is that you do as many things as you can at the same time to get to the desired state as quickly as possible but I found myself stuck in this frustrating linear system,” recalls Charlie.

“In the end, I have had a very positive outcome. As a person with resources and capabilities, I pushed the system to be non-linear.”

Charlie won his fight but his personal triumph prompted him to ask the uncomfortable question: What happens to those who don’t have his financial means? What happens to those without his clout? What happens to those very ill patients who have no family by their side and who can’t advocate for themselves?