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Young Fort McMurray man leaves lasting memory in community

Born on March 17, 1994, Jeremy was born to Brian and Gail Snook, and raised in Fort McMurray. He graduated from Father Mercredi High School in June 2012. He was an active young man with many friends and a passion for the outdoors. He had no fear and was always up for trying something new.

He was an avid snowmobiler and loved being in the mountains with his sled. He also enjoyed quading and playing soccer. He always took risks but would always access the situation first. His life motto was appropriately No regrets. No excuses. Jeremy and his dad, Brian both have matching tattoos of this motto.

According to his mom Gail, Jeremy was a loving and respectful child. He would never leave the house without telling his mother that he loved her, and always showed love and affection towards his parents.

After graduating high school, Jeremy began his training to be a heavy duty mechanic and was part of the Registered Apprenticeship Program at Keyano College. In early 2013, Jeremy began having bad headaches and migraines. When his symptoms didn’t improve, he received an MRI at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, which sadly led to his diagnosis with brain cancer.

Shortly thereafter, Jeremy was medevaced to Edmonton where had had surgery at the University of Alberta Hospital. After several weeks in the hospital, Jeremy returned home to Fort McMurray, where he began radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Through the course of Jeremy’s treatment, he had three more surgeries and was medevaced once again to Edmonton with little sign of improvement.

Jeremy spent his last days surrounded by family and friends, receiving palliative care treatment in the Medicine Unit of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. On October 3, 2013 he passed away peacefully at the age of 19.

Jeremy had a tremendous impact on his family, his friends and the greater Fort McMurray community. There is now a bench an light dedicated to Jeremy on one of the walking trails in Wood Buffalo and over 40 people have gotten tattooed with Jeremy’s motto No regrets. No excuses. in memory of this incredible young man.

Following Jeremy’s passing, the community came together to start an in-memorial campaign in support of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. Over 75 people contributed to the campaign, raising over $30,000 to improve health care services in Wood Buffalo.

Wanting to further their impact, Brian and Gail Snook are now actively fundraising in support of enhancements to palliative care services within the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Their passion for making a difference, in the name of their son led to their commitment of raising $100,000 for a new palliative care suite in Jeremy’s memory over five years.

Their commitment has led to an event held at Earls Restaurant in fall 2014, which raised over $10,000 in less than three hours, a series of No regrets. No excuses. hoodies for sale and the launch of the Jeremy Snook Memorial Car Raffle.Make a gift today



Jeremy (centre) with his parents, Brian and Gail.

Jeremy with Grandmother Ivy Snook.jpgJeremy with his grandmother, Ivy Snook.

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Jeremy's girlfriend, Sarah with Jeremy, Gail and Brian.




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