Thirteen years ago Kyle Blanleil was given five years to live.
Yet, here he is alive and well and 32 years old.
"To get rid of that cancerous tumour on my spine took three years, 46 hours of surgeries, radiation, eight days in a coma, halo braces and rehabilitation," said Blanleil.
"It was a refuse to lose situation."
When Blanleil received word he was all clear of cancer in 2007, he celebrated with a party with 300 of his closest relatives and friends.
The bash was also a fundraiser for the Okanagan Cops for Kids, which raised $30,000.
That amount is still the largest single donation to the charity.
"I like to think before I had cancer I lived every day to the fullest," said Blanleil.
"But, the reality is since it happened I really do enjoy every day more. I work hard, but I also play hard and find time to relax and appreciate."
When he was diagnosed with cancer at age 19, Blanleil was playing junior hockey in Campbell River.
Treatment quickly ended his competitive hockey career.
But other doors opened.
When his health came back, he joined the family business, Andre's Electronics Experts, and he was able to play recreational hockey, fastball and golf.
Andre's is the business started by Blanleil's grandfather, Andre Sr., as a small TV repair shop.
Blanleil's dad, Andre Jr. helped grow the business into one of the most successful chain of independent electronics, appliances and cellular stores in Canada with 24 locations.
Blanleil literally grew up surrounded by the business.
He worked as a stock boy from age 15 to 17 and went into sales at 17 before he went off to play hockey and battle cancer.
Cancer-free and 21, he jumped full-time into the business as the Telus sales and marketing manager.
"I really learned on the fly following in my father's footsteps, going to all the leadership conferences I could and joining The Executive Committee Canada," he said.
Now, Blanleil is vice-president, working alongside his president dad, Andre Jr., who was also a Kelowna city councillor 1993 to 2014 and winner of Kelowna's business leader of the year award in 2013.
"It works because my dad and I are different, but complementary," he said.
"My dad has vision and a let's-just-go-there approach. I like more structure, which is why I work well with Telus cellular, which is about 55 per cent of our business."
Blanleil still remembers the time his dad made a flash decision to open a Telus kiosk in a mall in Nelson.
The younger Blanleil was dispatched to the Kootenays to meet the truck to unpack, set up and get the new location up and running.
Fastball also runs in the Blanleil family.
He currently volunteers as president of Kelowna Major Men's Fastball.
And the team he plays on has six Blanleils on it.
Blanleil's five-year plan includes staying healthy and happy and helping Andre's grow to including five more stores.