Chilliwack – 22-year-old Jayden Lee from Chilliwack will be running 107km from Chilliwack to the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver on October 2 to raise money for the hospital.
BC Children’s Hospital holds a special place in Jayden’s heart, as it was where he battled Leukemia for over 3 years in his teens.
“I want to share my story to help encourage others to not only set goals for themselves, but that we can do anything we put our mind to.”
He hopes to raise $121,000 and has already raised over $50,000 from the support that has poured in.
To view the GoFundMe, please visit: https://ca.gf.me/v/c/rlsm/jaydens-run-to-bc-childrens-hospital
Part of his story:
On January 28th 2015 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and started my 3.5 long journey with Cancer and Chemotherapy.
As crazy as it sounds, having cancer was the best thing that could have happened to me. My experience gave me a whole new appreciation for life, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it. Since finishing chemo I’ve realized there is so much more to life than what I had originally thought. The journey made me thankful for the small things people take for granted each day like the outdoors, after being in a hospital room for weeks with no windows. Thankful for my immune system, after having to go out always wearing a mask before covid was a thing. Thankful for being able to go school, after being stuck in a hospital bed wishing I was there with all my friends. Thankful for hair, after mine fell out. Thankful for food, after having zero appetite. And finally thankful to be able to wake up and live another day. Whenever I am having a bad day, or I’m upset about something I look back and think of those times and tell myself to start focusing on how great I truly have it right now. There are kids in the hospital right now, thinking those same thoughts, and thats what this run is about. Showing them that tough situations don’t last long, tough people do!