September 14th, 2016, our lives changed.
After having a seizure at work, Joe had a CT scan at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. A mass was noticed, a referral was made to an awesome neurosurgeon in Windsor, and everything went sideways.
The mass was glioblastoma multiforme - the same tumor Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie was afflicted with. A grade IV tumor, GBM rarely leaves survivors in its wake. It is voracious and vicious and relentless. Joe, though, is strong. Joe is a fighter, as has been proven this past year and a half. In his seventeenth-month (so far) battle with this beast, he's overcome blood clots in his legs, blood clots in his lungs, pneumonia and a recurrence. And he hasn't given up yet.
He is still here, and he intends to be for many, many more years.
Participating in this walk, lending your support, or even saying a prayer or offering a smile and well-wishes will help Joe in his battle, and help the battle of so many others affected by brain tumors.
There is hope for Joe and there is hope that one day, no one else will have to suffer through the trials Joe and his family and friends have. Watching this disease try to steal joy, happiness and health is getting old - let's end this once and for all.
The walk we're participating in is the Windsor walk, June 9th 2018. Please let us know if you'd like to walk with us, and we can fill you in on all the rest of the information.
All money raised through Brain Tumour Walk events strengthens the national movement to end this life-changing disease and brings hope to individuals and families across the country:
Hope for progress in discovering the cause of brain tumours.
Hope for better treatments for every child and adult diagnosed.
And most of all, the hope for a cure.
Thank you for supporting me, and more importantly, for helping the 55,000 Canadians who live with a brain tumour today.