“The Lord is not ready for me yet!” yells seven-time cancer survivor Dionne Warner as she dances her way into her weekly chemotherapy treatments at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dionne and her fun-loving husband Graham enter the treatment room dressed in costume with iPod blaring, bringing laughter and hope to everyone they meet. Upon hearing a diagnosis of liver cancer in 2001, Dionne said to her then-fiancé Graham, who had wooed her to Regina from her home in Toronto, Ontario, “You don't have to marry me.” Graham, a businessman and experienced pilot, replied without hesitation: “You never leave your wingman.” Since then, Graham and Dionne Warner have faced this disease together head on — with humour, costumes, courage, hope and a zest for life. Using chemo and complementary therapies, special diet and her incredible spirit, Dionne Warner is again defying the odds in her own unique style. In January 2012, she was told she is in remission after two years of battling Stage IV cancer of the liver, lung and bone. Never Leave Your Wingman by Deana J. Driver is an inspiring true story and a lesson in love.
Never Leave Your Wingman was awarded Honourable Mention, Biography, in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival.