Names are pretty meaningful for Jessica. As we drove to the hospital on the morning of her birth, I googled the meaning of the names we had shortlisted, and saw that Jessica meant “a gift from God”. This baby was indeed a gift as it was a miracle that we were even pregnant in the first place. We also knew that our baby had a mass in her brain, so my hope was that the meaning of the name Jessica would help to ensure her survival. Because when you give a gift, you don’t ask for it back.
Most of you reading this probably know at least one person, whose life has been affected by cancer. It might be your uncle, your sister, a friend, a grandparent, someone. Well, you’re about to know one more — me. When I was ten, I was diagnosed with CML, which actually stands for something that I can’t quite pronounce, even to this day. It is a type of leukemia, usually found in adults and rarely in children.
Our son Joshua was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. It was a terrifying time for us & a diagnosis that to this day, regularly tests our strength. After that we thought we were prepared for anything, but nothing could prepare us for the cancer diagnosis.
What’s black and white and eats 40 kilograms of bamboo a day, poops five kilograms a day and has one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom? Thanks to you, 49 kids from the Kids Cancer Care community can probably answer this.
“They were so wonderful. With everything they were going through, they took it upon themselves to reach out and find us. We expected to go home the next day, so we had nothing with us. Lyle brought us pajamas and clothes and shoes. They brought us supper.” ~ Rheanna Deboer
“To receive an award in the name of Terry Fox, who has impacted the lives of so many people, is an incredible honour. I was shocked when I received the call and incredibly humbled to know I had won it.” ~ Campbell Laidlaw