as told by his mom, Ginny.
Braden had just finished a busy hockey season when he started experiencing pain in his knee. His first comment? He didn’t want what Terry Fox had.
Just shy of his thirteenth birthday, we heard the word “cancer” and, yes, Braden was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the same cancer Terry Fox had. We were strapped in for four years of the most terrifying roller coaster ride of our lives.
Throughout it all, Braden and all of us never lost hope. Braden never let cancer define him. He always showed consideration for others and was never quick to judge. He managed to keep his positive outlook despite the challenges he faced. Braden’s doctor said he was privileged to be able to care for him. He said “Braden was the eternal optimist and one who we could count on to have his dry wit and humour when things were good, and when things were not so good.”
Like most teenagers, Braden enjoyed horror movies and comedy. He was quick to joke or pull a harmless prank. He was able to connect with people of all ages and walks of life – his friends, their parents, his teachers and medical personnel. Braden left his mark on everyone he crossed paths with.
Braden was creative; he enjoyed building and crafting, from Lego to Steam Punk Pistols. He liked comic books and gaming with friends, online and off.
Most of all, we will remember Braden’s strength, compassion and courage.