After spending more than four years battling cancer Dylan Bingley of Mermaid is getting ready for the trip of a lifetime — something he says he hopes will be a happy ending to a difficult experience.
In a few weeks Bingley will head to Ontario's Algonquin Park for a nine-day dogsledding wilderness therapy trip. He's one of only about a dozen cancer survivors in the country who were chosen for the program, offered by the On the Tip of the Toes foundation.
Binlgey was diagnosed with leukemia and spent countless hours at hospitals on the Island and in Halifax, something his parents say took a toll on the whole family.
"It's the unsure," said Wade Bingley, Dylan's father.
"You don't know what's going to happen. And even though the doctors tell you everything is going to be okay, in your own mind, like, you're still unsure. So, it's quite a journey since then," he said.
14-year-old Dylan is most looking forward to the adventure of the trip.
"And the people I get to meet," he said. "They pretty much know the same thing. Like, we went through the same thing so they know how it was."
Bonnie Bingley, Dylan's mother, points to her son's love of dogs as the main reason this trip if a perfect fit for her son.
"His love for dogs is phenomenal. He loves dogs. I think that's the biggest part of it. Plus, being with kids that he can talk to about what they went through, because he went through the same thing," she said.
There's no doubt the family is excited about Dylan's dogsled adventure, but the thing that makes them most happy is his now-clean bill of health.
"Anything else doesn't matter," said Wade Bingley.