Jack has endured 1,222 days of cancer treatment. That’s all of grade six, all of grade seven, all of grade eight and half of grade nine for this incredible 14-year-old. This month Jack will celebrate a year of being a Kids Cancer Care volunteer spokeskid, but he will celebrate an even bigger milestone – the end of treatment for high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Being a volunteer spokeskid is no small task. During the past year, Jack has attended dozens of Kids Cancer Care events and shared his journey. Jack and his parents have travelled many times from their home in Canmore in all weather conditions to Calgary where Jack speaks to fundraisers, champions and potential donors. Audiences vary from motorcycle rides to obstacle courses to school shaves. But the reaction is the same. As Jack holds out his incredibly long beaded journey and brings those in attendance to tears, his impact is felt across the room (or gym, or field, or golf course). He’s done it on “good days” and “bad days” during treatment.
Where does he find the strength? Jack draws inspiration from professional athletes such as Calgary Stampeder Charlie Power (The Stamps are his all time favourite team), but he is most inspired by the many kids who do not survive cancer. Jack has said he believes he must remain strong for these kids, who were taken far too young.
We are honoured to celebrate Jack this month as our Volunteer Spotlight. It’s a small token of appreciation to Jack and his parents for their commitment to our cause.