as told by his mom, Denyse.
David is a very active nine-year-old who loves to laugh, move and play.
On December 3rd, 2010, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia – words that no parent wants to hear: their child has cancer. Our world was turned upside down with a lot of questions and uncertainty about what the future would look like.
The day after we got the news, Childcan walked through the door, offering us parking passes, toys for our child and making us feel like we were not alone in this process.
Our son was on active treatment for four years, which had its ups and downs. He had lots of procedures like lumbar punctures, bloodwork, blood transfusion, infections, fevers, in and out of hospital stays… Throughout all this, Childcan was there to support us and make us feel more relaxed and able to manage David’s cancer diagnosis. They offered a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on – and also to laugh with. They offered coffee time to relate to other parents who were going through similar situations.
Every year, Childcan has a trip to Canada’s Wonderland and it has become a family tradition to go and just be a “normal” family and enjoy the day. We don’t have to worry about needles, procedures, chemo, bloodwork… just a day to relax and be ourselves.
Our family is forever grateful for Childcan’s love and support. We consider them a part of our family. Our son is now three years off treatment and we have started to do some fundraising such as their Polar Bear Dip, bringing food at the hospital for holidays, and participating in some of the activities that Childcan offers. It is our way of giving back to help families that are dealing with cancer. It is our way to thank Childcan for everything they have offered us.