Don Wood was a caregiver for his late wife Sherry, who battled Stage 4 metastatic cancer for 3 years before losing her battle in early 2020. Don also lost his only brother Ken as a young adult who battled leukemia. Given these very personal experiences with the cancer journey, Don has dedicated his efforts to patient advocacy and engagement, and he is a philanthropist for cancer initiatives. He is currently, the Co-chair for the Strategic Cancer Network (SCN) Provincial Alberta Cancer Diagnosis (ACD) Design Team. He also serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) for the Calgary Cancer Centre. Don is very active at national and provincial levels with 3CTN (Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network).