Mom blog: We walked the Walk

Mom Blogger Jacquelyn

My cancer-kid, Graydon (see yesterday’s blog for a BIG photo of him) was the Honoured Hero of Toronto’s Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It meant he got to go on-stage with the MC (the voice of the Toronto Raptor games, which Graydon can’t get enough of),
officially start off the walk, and hang out at the VIP tent. Things are kept really busy with meeting friends and family, getting teams together, making banners, free pizza (Pizzaville), water, granola bars, face painting, balloon-blowing and all the things that make an all-ages party fun.

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Which is the saddest thing—that cancer affects all ages. My son was 8 years old when he was diagnosed. We have friends with a three-year-old daughter www.caringbridge.org/southamerica/alexia/ struggling after relapsing from her second cord blood transplant; a very good friend lost his grandfather to blood cancer.

Light the Night is one of the most moving walks because of its visuals. People gather at dusk, and pick up balloons—red for those supporting someone with the disease, a white balloon for a survivor, and new this year, a gold balloon to represent someone lost to cancer. Inside each balloon is a light that makes the balloon glow, and as darkness descends the walk begins, snaking around Queen’s Park, down University, around Sick Kids Hospital, where, when we looked up, the windows of the eighth floor were full of kids and nurses and families, waving and smiling and giving the thumbs-up sign. That’s where I lost it, and thanked heavens for waterproof mascara.

So, we lit the night, our little team and all the other teams walking for our family members and friends and coworkers. The walk raised $275,000, approximately $900 of that collected by Graydon. He’s still soliciting donations, because the funds cut-off is four weeks after the walk, which will be November 4. So, if anyone has some charitable donation money earmarked for giving in 2007, please click and give! Here’s his site!

http://www.active.com/donate/ltntor/2061_graydon55

HUG YOUR KIDS!

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One Response

  1. Very interesting… as always! Cheers from -Switzerland-.

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