Craig grew up on the family farm in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada. At a young age he expressed a desire for farming. He was told that he should give up that dream because a life of farming would be too dangerous for a hemophiliac. That did not stop Craig from following his dream. He grew up to take over the family farm. He married, and he and his beautiful wife were blessed with 3 precious children.
|Craig with his family|
Ashley remembers telling her best friend about her dad's condition. "It was the middle of winter and recess time and I asked her to sit with me on a little snow hill and told her." Her friend didn't understand the reality of the situation, but knew she was sworn to secrecy until Ashley decided to tell others. It was three years later in 6th grade that Ashley decided to share the situation with her classmates. She never imagined that her dad would be laid to rest before she would finish 7th grade.
|Craig's daughter, Ashley with her son, Parker|
Ashley remembers that her dad missed being in his band. She also remembers the "countless hours and hours he spent on the phone with lawyers and conference calls as well as the many trips to the lawyer's office or the lawyer coming to the house."
Craig was driven by truth and justice. When he was infected with a deadly virus as a result of others' mistakes, he wanted those responsible to be held accountable. He dedicated the remainder of his life to fighting for compensation to the families affected by bad blood and holding the responsible parties accountable. He was deeply involved on "The Krever Commission". This commission fought for better blood screening, safety of blood products, but mostly for the compensation for the affected families of bad blood.
|Craig's grandaughter, Charlie|
The Globe & Mail June 1, 1996 states,
|Craig's grandson, Parker|
I am so inspired by the life and legacy of Craig Wright, and I am so very saddened for his life that was lost. We can all learn from this man's example. From the moment he learned of his hemophilia, he decided that it would not keep him down. Craig lived his life to the fullest. He was loved and respected by his family, friends, and even people from his local and national government. When carelessness led to his contracting the AIDS virus, he did not roll up in a ball and sulk or give up. He let it fan the flames in his heart. He stood up and fought for his family and many others. When AIDS ultimately claimed his life, many honored him.
One of the saddest parts of this story is the grandchildren who never got to meet him. Craig's daughter, Ashley, is brokenhearted that her little ones, will never know their grandfather who was such a hero. No, Charlie and Parker will never look into their grandfather's eyes as they grow up, ride on the tractor with him on the family farm, listen to their grandpa's singing and guitar playing, or hear his stories from his own lips. But, I believe they will know their grandpa. He lives in the hearts and memories of so many people. I believe Charlie and Parker will be inspired by their very special grandpa's legacy. Parker's blood inherited the mutated gene carrying hemophilia, but that blood has a legacy of much love, determination, and strength in it from his grandfather, Craig Wright.