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 tumour, which I had nicknamed and was very happy to say farewell to!! 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 have a feeding tube to get my needed nutrition.
This is a path that I would not choose for anyone, and many experiences that I underwent were difficult and unfortunately not unknown to the many cancer fighters and survivors. This disease required me to have surgery, radiation, and chemo, all of which have caused a lot of negative side effects. I have continous issues with balance, numbness in my hands and feet, nausea, intense muscle cramping, and the list could go on. Although the doctors say these issues may subside, they may not. It was a long journey, one of which I hope that others would not have to endure and 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 half marathon (21km) on August 22 for childhood cancer and in the memory of my uncle, John Spence, who battled hard against pancreatic cancer, sadly passing away this April 2020. He showed me how to give it a good fight and was an inspiration to myself and to many others. Watching him fight his battle over the past few years taught me that anything can happen; you have to be optimistic and all you can do is give it your all and wish for the best. Losing my Uncle John was a tragic experience and I do not want anyone to ever again lose a loved one to this disease.
I am also runnig for my friend Nick Garrett who recently underwent two 12-14 hour craniotomies to remove a tumour. Although it was begnin, the struggles that came along with it are ones that nobody ever wants to encounter. The tumour has not been fully removed, but Nick is pulling through and showing that no tumour can stop him from doing what he loves most.
Please donate today and help me reach my fundraising goal! The money raised will help Canada’s brightest researchers make groundbreaking discoveries, provide 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!
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