Hundreds of people lined up at city hall Friday to buy what was left of the Rob Ford bobbleheads, and some even got a chance to have their dolls signed by the cancer-stricken mayor of Toronto.
Ford, who arrived at the sale shortly before noon on Friday, is selling the bobbleheads to raise funds for the two hospitals that have been treating him for cancer.
He said he hasn’t been feeling the “fire in his belly” while undergoing chemotherapy to fight a rare and aggressive cancer in his abdomen. He returns to hospital on Monday to undergo a fourth round lasting five days and will have two more sessions after that.
“I’m feeling all right. I’m not myself,” Ford said.
“I don’t like that chemo at all. It really knocks me out. It makes me sick … You don’t want to do this. It’s the worst.”
The mayor said his tumour hasn’t shrunk, but the usually fast-growing cancer hasn’t gotten larger, which he said is good news.
Doctors discovered the cancer in September and the scandal-plagued mayor dropped his bid for re-election shortly afterwards, opting instead to run for city council. He was elected by a wide margin.
The so-called Robbie Bobbies are being sold at the mayor’s office for $30 each, and Ford says the net proceeds will go to the Humber River Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.
“They’ve treated me phenomenally,” he said.
Meanwhile, with 10 days left in office, Ford said he’s been taking phone calls from constituents and he’s looking forward to his role as councillor for Ward 2, Etobicoke North. He told reporters he’s ready for a role in “opposition” if mayor-elect John Tory wants to put him there.
“I’ll be watching every dime that goes out of this place and comes in,” he said.
“I’ll keep an eye on [Tory] just like I did with David [Miller] and Mel [Lastman] and take it from there.”