Lawyer Doug Christie not only became the legal counsel for Zabeth and Paul Bayne in 2010. He became a friend. He has cancer.
In this four minute video, Free Speech Lawyer Douglas Christie speaks about the value of others and the interconnectedness of friends as he faces his diagnosis of prostate cancer. A frank assessment of the spiritual consequences of a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
When I learned in 2009 that my friends Zabeth and Paul whose marriage I officiated years before were experiencing a horror I could not even imagine, they had already been without their children for two years. I began to write this blog with a post each day, seven days each week. Occasional journalists both in print and visual media picked up their story with sympathy from time to time. Their cause appeared bleak. Then I learned that Lawyer Doug Christie had elected to become involved for them. That is how I met him and learned to respect and admire the man. Throughout 2010 Doug worked with the Baynes through the tedious months of a court hearing in which the director expressed his desire on behalf of the Ministry of Children to take the Baynes three children away permanently. The more that Doug learned about this case the more passionate he became and the more incensed he became at the injustice of the allegation and treatment of this couple and their children.
We are three days away from the Bayne Family Restoration. They have waited so long through the broken and the heavy hearts. They have worked very hard to prove themselves worthy of this confidence of returning the children to them. They have behaved respectably. They have maintained gainful employment amid the most trying management of available hours, working as night custodians in order to be available for day-time visitation with children which they never once missed. In the process the custodial business has become their own. They will provide for their children. It will be a fresh beginning. Doug Christie deserves so much thanks for adopting the Baynes' cause when they could not afford him. It made no difference. He is a deeply principled man and an excellent lawyer and a man with a very large heart.
Now he is himself experiencing a challenge - a threat to his health.