It’s impossible to describe that day and the day of surgery. While the surgical fellow finished the surgery, the neurosurgeon came to tell us the tumour looked like medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumour. She said this was not going to be a sprint, but a marathon, so we should take all the help that comes our way. Those days were a blur, but we can remember certain details clearly.
Sloan and Ryder are blood brothers. They’re not just best friends who nicked their palms with a jackknife and squeezed their palms together to mix their blood. No, these boys are blood brothers in the truest sense of the title.
Three days after his 10th birthday, Joel was diagnosed with medulablastoma, a type of brain cancer. It was the darkest day of our lives and the first time Joel ever his father cry. The mass was the size of a kiwi fruit, but the good news was that it was a solid tumour and it was operable.
“Stacey”, she said, “You need to head back to the Alberta Children’s Hospital right away and I think it would be best if you packed a bag as you could potentially be staying overnight. Colby’s blood counts are extremely low. I’m going to send them these results right now and they know you will coming there soon.”
Julia was our little sister. We were six and four years old, so we were quite a bit older than her. We also have an older sister, so we are all fairly spread out. She was the baby of the family. She was a little bit stubborn, a little bit bossy (actually, a lot bossy). But she was awesome. She was always open to anything – if we went to play hockey, she’d come too. She was just like that.
Taylor was diagnosed with leukemia the year she was supposed to start grade one. She spent two and a half grueling years on treatment. Her story is one of many shared on special dedication boards at registration for Tour for Kids Alberta, a three-day cycling adventure through the Canadian Rockies, where participants fundraise to ride, with all proceeds to Kids Cancer Care.