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KATELYN MURRAY’S JOURNEY TO A CURE

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If you can believe it I used to be a normal kid. I’ve always been short for my age but nothing like I am now. I haven’t grown at all because of my chemo treatments over the past two years. Katelyn Murray was on a twenty-four month journey through leukemia. Her journey started when she was twelve. On Sunday February 4, 2018 (World Cancer Day) she told her story and rang her “end-of-treatment-bell” at North Pointe. She is one tough teen. This is a portion of the speech she gave at her celebration party. My Dream Is Still Alive At one time my doctors told me my bones would not support my weight and I could never play soccer again….

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SILVER LININGS: VANESSA GLEW’S STORY

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On April 8th, 2013, I heard the words you never want to hear, “You have cancer.” My life was never the same from that day on. Fortunately for me the mass in my sigmoid colon was operable. They found what was causing my grief and it was going to be removed.  This was my FIRST Silver Linings moment. What’s A Silver Linings Moment? The easiest way to explain a Silver Linings is when people are put into difficult situations, they need to look past the hardships and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Its about turning their negative situations into positive ones, finding their inner peace and the “will power” to overcome anything. When handed lemons, make lemonade!…

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STREAKS

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Everyone knew except her. Tell tale signs that tears had trickled there. Companion “Everyone must think I’m foolish,” she imagined as she prepared her makeup for the day. It was easy to alter the appearance of her face – far easier than the condition of her heart. How could she expect anyone else to understand the intensity of her feelings? Wasn’t this depth of grief reserved only for the death of a family member? She was just a companion. But who else so patiently listened to her roll out the bitter disappointment and hurt? In the worst season of her life, simply talking to her at least made things tolerable. Cancer No judgment. No advice. No rejection. She just wagged…

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LIVING ON YOUR OWN TERMS: MOM’S LEGACY

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It was a year from her diagnosis to her death. Mom was a dynamic, classy, beautiful woman, always sharing her vibrant laughter and contagious smile. She and dad had been married since she was a teenager. They put their whole heart and soul into creating the life they dreamed of, and even though she was still young, they had planned to eventually retire and travel. Cancer had a different plan. Words from the heart of Dr. Steve Maraboli – Speaker, bestselling author, and Behavioral Science academic. His empowering and insightful words have been shared and published throughout the world in more than twenty-five languages. He has delivered his inspiring, entertaining, and unforgettable speeches in over thirty countries, earning numerous awards….

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GRACE OF MANY COLORS: HEATHER’S STORY

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When I first held Heather Enright’s book in my hands I knew I was touching a rare treasure.  Grace of Many Colors isn’t your typical coloring book. Before even one crayon touches a page of this book it gives off a colorful hue of hope. My friend, Colleen passed the book on to me. She heard Heather’s inspiring story about creating her book. “It was scary, thrilling, surreal and inspiring to produce this book. It was a labor of love to redeem back everything that cancer had stolen from me. I’m using it to help anyone battling cancer – for every book purchased I’ll give one away to a cancer patient.” At first, Colleen couldn’t think of any friends with…

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GORD DOWNIE: THE LOOKAHEAD

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Every night on The Tragically Hip’s 2016 cross-Canada tour, frontman Gord Downie stood alone at the end of the night looking out at the crowd – waving, blowing kisses, bowing, giving the thumbs up. A long, last look at the audience – and then exited the stage. October 17, 2017 was his final exit. Long Time Running a tribute to Downie will premier on Oct. 20th. An Unjust Bit Of Thievery Downie, co-founder of one of Canada’s most loved bands – fondly known as “The Hip” – knew every concert exit was poignant. Downie was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. His diagnosis was a double whammy as Downie’s wife faced her own battle with breast cancer in 2012. Laura has…

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ANGELA’S STORY: NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

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I’m writing this to you because I have to, because my “inside” voice says I need to. I follow the blog you write and I’m inspired and I can relate to many of the stories I have seen written.  We have been attending North Pointe for some time and over the years it has become home to us. Several Bumps Along The Way In the time that we have been attending our lives have had several “bumps” along the way, one of those bumps has been my cancer diagnosis.  When you hear the word cancer you begin to think about your life, the good, the bad, what have I accomplished, what do I still need to do. I read a…

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7 THINGS KIDS DO TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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“What can kids do? They’re too young to make a difference.” Don’t tell that to Sydney Woodworth and her crew at “The Lemonade Stand.” While none of them are old enough to get their beginner driver’s license they all have enough drive to move mountains. Plus, they’ve been changing the world for seven summers now. Sydney was awarded “Superstar” status in July 2016 for organizing the TOP FUNDRAISING GROUP for the Stollery. Jesus said, “Whoever becomes as a humble as a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Faith is not childish, its child-like and its what moves mountains. Adults can learn important lessons from kids and what they are doing. 7 Things Kids Do To Change the…

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THE LEMONADE STAND MILLIONAIRES

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Sydney and Taylor Woodworth and their friends don’t just turn lemons into lemonade, they are masterminding an endeavor that is helping seriously ill children find hope and in the process learning that giving makes you feel like a million dollars. (Donate online to their cause via the link at the bottom of this post.) A Boy Named Moses When Sydney was five, her kindergarten classmate Moses Felix died of leukemia. He was the first person the girls knew who died. And he was a kid…it could have been her. Broke all of their hearts, knowing the pain the family was going through. The girls wanted to do something to try to show they cared. Syd’s parents had talked about all…

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5 PROFILES IN COURAGE

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The following five stories of courage caught the attention and captured the hearts of our readers. These profiles will give you a boost to continue on your own courage highway. 1. Adam Cripps: Bravest, Strongest, Courageous Adam Cripps was an inspiration to anyone who met him. He faced four bouts with cancer over his brief 16 years. His aunt wrote, “With probably only weeks left of his short life, I only hope that I can somehow share his story to enough people to hopefully show them what we already know. Adam is an amazing young man and his life will be forever missed but he will live on in all of us and I can only hope that one day…

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