Mom blog: My son, my hero


This is the photo of Graydon that appeared in this year’s Light the Night brochure. It was taken on the haematology/oncology floor at Sick Kids Hospital.

On Friday, the 14-year-old son and I went to a fancy lunch. In my former working life, I probably went to one if not two fancy lunches per week, as well as countless cocktails, launches, dinners, events and premieres. But we had a very personal stake in this lunch.

We went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society luncheon, at the grand Imperial Room (host to Duke Ellington, Count Bsies, Eartha Kitt, Marlene Deitrich, Peggy Lee and Woody Herman) to honour the award and grant recipients this year. The stars of the fight against cancer—reseachers, scientists, journalists who keep the need for funding out there so people will donate—were the heroes.

We bumped into Bob Rae and said hi—he was waiting at the door to lead in the walk to the head table, we were just late to get seated! We sat with the winner of the Barbara Frum Memorial Award. But I sat next to my personal hero—Graydon Vintar, a three year survivor of pre-B cursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and the Honoured Hero at this year’s Light the Night walk.

The walk earned $275,000, of which some $900 were Graydon’s from family and friends. I’ll post pics of that tomorrow. For now, I just want to say that while we were watching PowerPoints on the isolation of cancer-causing cells and how they can be decreased, and I ran over the life-and-death terror of having an 8-year-old child with a diagnosis of cancer, a 10-year-old daughter and a baby not yet turned 1, it felt good to deliver a hushed lecture to my hero on how you don’t slather half a roll with butter and tear at with your teeth, rather, you tear off each bite-sized piece of roll, butter it only, then eat it, then repeat. YES!!!! From the monumental to the happily mundane—we are here!

Have you or you child beaten cancer? I’d love to hear from you. Please say hi.


Mom Blogger Jacquelyn


5 Responses

  1. Way to go!

  2. Congrats to Graydon!!

  3. Cancer Sucks! Times Two

    For a second, I thought from the pic you were standing on the ledge of the roof.
    Then again….that’s what having cancer often feels like, on the edge…

    Big hugs Graydon and family!
    Heater, mom to Brianna dx ALL
    daughter to Pete, dx CLL

  4. Congratulations to Graydon! Well Done!

    Keep up the great work on the blog. I love it.

  5. Yeah! You did it!

    Yes, I thought he was standing on the edge too. My stomach jumped up in my chest for a minute. Then I realized he was inside. It’s a great picture of a beautiful, courageous boy. Great blog!

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