I was 14 years old and halfway through my grade eight finals when I was diagnosed with high-risk leukemia. That was when my life changed forever. I went from being an annoying little teenager to a “mature” one in a matter of minutes. To be very honest, I don’t actually remember being diagnosed.…Sounds weird right? I know. It was like that for most of my treatment actually. I guess it’s my brain’s way of protecting me, which I am extremely grateful for. I have had to rely on the memory of my parents for some of this.
To mark National Volunteer Week, we’re celebrating another outstanding volunteer — Hoppy! Val (Hoppy) Hopwood first bounded into our lives at Kids Cancer Care in 2006. Since that time, she has volunteered every year with one exception. “I’ve volunteered at camp every single year except for the year I was married.” Even though she was […]
It’s National Volunteer Week and we want to celebrate some of our amazing volunteers. This is Shalaka, a.k.a. Galaxy. She’s a med student at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. When Shalaka’s not poring over medical books and preparing for exams, she’s back at home in Calgary where she volunteers for Kids Cancer […]
Sam’s battle with cancer started in October 2015. Sam jumped on his brother and got a bump on his face that just wouldn’t go away. We were fortunate that our family physician was suspicious, did some blood work, and diagnosed it as Leukemia. This was such a scary time for us, made worse as it […]
I chose to start my story in August 2004, although unknown to my family and I, my cancer experience had in truth started months earlier. Being on summer break as a 14-year-old, I was expected to be out having fun with friends, but I found myself confined to the couch, sleeping away the days of […]
In Johannesburg, South Africa in the early ‘70s, a little girl named Walda was diagnosed with a brain cancer. She was five years old and her life was forever changed. Now, 43 years later, in another city, on another continent 15,815 kilometers away, a little girl named Nina was going the distance for Walda and children like her in the Kids Cancer Care Cycle Challenge.