2021 Jesse Walker's Childhood Cancer Run
I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with a medulla blastoma in April of 2018 and underwent a craniotomy (a 12-hour surgery) to remove the tumor. I then had to have 30 doses of spinal and cranial radiation, followed by 40 doses of chemotherapy, 16 admissions to the hospital, 79 admitted hospital nights, 16 blood transfusions, and was unable to eat much of anything for 5 months resulting in me needing a feeding tube to get my required nutrition.
This is a journey that I would not choose for anyone. Many experiences that I underwent were difficult and unfortunately not unknown to the many cancer fighters and survivors. For that reason, I am taking action to change the future of this disease for my friends, family, and Canadians nationwide.
I am running a marathon (42.2km) on August 28 for Childhood Cancer to show other children with cancer that this terrible disease can’t hold them back from accomplishing their dreams. The thought of a cancer fundraiser initially stemmed from my personal experiences and the passing of my uncle, John Spence, who relentlessly fought pancreatic cancer. My uncle was brave, courageous, and taught me through his example to always be optimistic as anything can happen when you give it your all. Through my experiences and journey, I have been blessed with meeting many great people. Recently I became acquainted with Brad Bishop. Brad had an aggressive form of sarcoma located in his foot which eventually required an amputation just below the knee. Despite his amputation, Brad planned to run some of the distance with me. Sadly, Brad passed away on May 8th of this year. The memory of Brad and his determination and fearlessness will never be forgotten. Although he will not be running physically, his spirit will be crossing the finish line alongside me and within the hearts of everyone who knew how great he was.
Through my journey, I also became good friends with Nick Garrett who finished his second 12–14-hour craniotomy to remove a benign tumour at the beginning of last year. Even though the tumour has not been fully removed, Nick is doing well, living his life to the fullest, and is always there for me whenever I need a friend. Nick ran part of my fundraiser last year with me and will be running some this year as well.
Although I will be two years cancer free as of July, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me make it to where I am today; no words can express how grateful I am for everyone’s support and encouragement. Please donate today and help me reach my fundraising goal! And if you are available, please come join me and run, walk, bike for however long you want. I want this day not only to be a great day for children with cancer, but a day where we can all realize the luxury of life and enjoy the outdoors. You are welcome to join in anytime, anywhere. I wil be starting at the Shallow Lake Union Church at about 7:15am and from there, I will be running to Copper Kettle, to Wolsely, to Kemble, and then to the Queen of Hearts Nursery school on the corner of Balmy Beach Road where i will be turning. I will then run close to the end of the road (585 Balmy Beach Road) and will make a U-turn to run to the finish line at 278 Balmy Beach Road.
The money raised will help Canada’s brightest researchers make ground-breaking discoveries, provide paediatric cancer patients with much-needed support services, and ensure that other life-changing work is possible.
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Let's show this terrible disease who's boss!
Proceeds from my fundraiser will support Childhood cancer research
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