North Star’s fan remembered during Art of Courage unveiling

By Roger White
March 12, 2018 - 10:00am Updated: March 13, 2018 - 9:35am

It was a touching tribute that would have made Nico Hawryliw proud when the Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation unveiled the second installation for the Art of Courage Wall during last Thursday’s Battlefords North Stars SJHL game at the Civic Centre.

The 2018 Art of Courage Wall was sponsored by Lionel and Allison Hawryliw and family in memory of lifelong Stars fan Nico, who was just 19 when he lost his battle against a brain tumour in 2011.

The new display depicts five members of the Battlefords North Stars; Captain Layne Young, Levi Kleiboer, Taryn Kotchorek, Connor Manegre and Cody Spragrud. BUH Foundation Chair Jay Crockett said the artwork, by Warne and Paula Noyce of Warne Photography, symbolizes looking within for courage, a quality Nico showed and inspired in others.

Shauna McGifford, BUH Foundation fund development officer, said the ceremony was an emotional one.

“It was a touching tribute to Nico,” said McGifford. “It was nice to see a good crowd of North Stars fans on hand, as well as having his parents there.”

Funds to sponsor the 2018 Art of Courage Wall were provided through a trust fund set up by Nico’s friends and neighbours during the six years of cancer treatment Nico received. Each year, the interest from that is trust is dispersed by Nico’s family to worthy causes.

“It was wonderful that the family chose the Art of Courage wall to support this year, ”McGifford said. “It’s a special project that means so much to people who need to go to the third floor for treatment.”

McGifford noted that going for treatment, whether it be cancer treatment or dialysis, can make a patient anxious. The Art of Courage Wall was meant to bring encouragement and positivity for those patients.

Proceeds from the 2018 Art of Courage installation will help replace and update the central cardiac telemetry system that monitors patients for heart conditions. The telemetry system allows patients to be anywhere in the BUH and still have their ECG, respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels continuously monitored.


Editor's Note: This story was updated at 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 to correct an error. A previous version of this story identified Warne Photography as "Noyce Photography."

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