Of the approximately 300 000 children under eighteen in our province, about 60 will receive a cancer diagnosis each year. That’s a 0.02% chance. We would have taken those odds and we would have lost because in 2009, our then 17 year old son was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a once fatal cancer of the blood. Our world changed but what we didn’t know at the time was that a treatment plan was ready for him, the result of decades of research, clinical trials, advancements, missteps, dead ends and serendipity. That protocol lasted forty months to destroy all the cancer cells, a testament to the tenacity of this disease, and it saved his life. He has been in remission for seven years and is now 27 years old.
We have a lasting image of our cancer journey. It seemed like Troy was standing on the edge of a black, dangerous river. We were on the other side and, somehow, he had to get across to us, by himself. But he was not alone. Making a bridge for him were cancer families who had come before, researchers and donors from the past, standing shoulder to shoulder, making a bridge for him. All we can do in gratitude is attempt to raise funds for those beautiful kids in treatment now and those who will receive a cancer diagnosis in the future.
Brad and I will walk while Jill and Troy have chosen the ‘work it’ option. Would you consider, please, a donation to this effort?
We are so grateful that past research has given us “ more tomorrows together.”
The Woods family