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
“When the kids come into the clinic and I tell them I used to go to camp too, they don’t believe me, so I show them my leg and then they believe me. And there’s an instant bond. They call me Penguin, my camp name, because penguins also have a little waddle to their step, like me!” ~ Samantha Andres