Although our main goal was to be present in the community to support a disease that has affected many of our own, the fact that we raised over $9500 certainly made us extremely proud to be members of such a giving school community. This walk held particular significance for me as my eldest son Cooper was diagnosed with a grade 4, malignant, Primitive Neuroectodermal Brain Tumour at just 18 months of age. Over a 14-month period we watched as he endured three brain surgeries, countless rounds of chemotherapy and was put under general anaesthetic every morning for thirty consecutive days while he received radiotherapy. He was robbed of his ability to walk and of a normal childhood free of pain but nothing could take away his infectious smile and playful nature. Like your sons, Cooper was the absolute light of our lives. He was a happy, cheeky little boy who was meeting all his milestones before brain cancer robbed us of a beautiful life together. Sadly, our darling boy lost his fight at just two and a half years of age and our lives have never been the same.
At ATC we are working with you to raise young men who are aware of the world around them. Young men who are compassionate and giving, who are sensitive yet strong in their conviction to make a difference in the world. Michael Stewart has made a commitment to the Walk for Brain Cancer event to be the ATC Junior School’s major service initiative in the coming years. Plans are already in place to ensure the 2018 Walk for Brain Cancer is an even bigger success than this year and we look forward to seeing many more families join the Blue and Green army as we fight for better treatments for brain cancer sufferers in the future. My personal hope is for a cure to be found for this insidious disease in my lifetime and if I know anything, the boys at ATC will do their bit in taking us one step closer to my dream becoming a reality.