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Adam Robarts - Coping, Loving and Healing

Adam’s 19-year-old son, Haydn Robarts, finds out he has brain cancer and soon learns that it is incurable.

Adam Robarts on Chatter That Matters

In this episode of Chatter that Matters, Tony Chapman sits down with Adam Robarts, who shares a deeply personal and poignant journey of love, loss, and inspiration. Adam is a world-renowned architect, and his wife, an equally accomplished interior designer, living & raising their four children in China.

In December 2018, during a family vacation in Canada, Adam was asked what he would choose to be if he were not an architect. He replied without hesitation, “A hospice nurse.” Five years earlier, he had a profound experience accompanying his father through the final weeks of life before he died of cancer in Uganda. Adam could not have imagined then that nine months later, he would begin to accompany his nineteen-year-old son, Haydn, through a battle with a rare brain cancer. 

Haydn graduated from this physical world in May 2020, one week before his twentieth birthday. Adam’s first book, Nineteen, shares the beautiful and poignant lessons learned on his family’s journey with Haydn.

This interview is a personal memoir with universal lessons, insights from religion and science, and perspectives from Haydn and his parents.  Haydn was a remarkable young man whose dignified response to his suffering provided essential wisdom and hopeful possibilities for anyone’s life.


Leanne Kaufman, CEO of RBC Royal Trust, joins the show based on a LinkedIn Post that she wrote where I ask her about why wills matter.


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