Creston's Story

Creston's Story

creston walk stort illustrationCreston was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of fifteen. The symptoms began with pain in his right knee that wouldn't go away. On November 15, 2002 his life changed forever. Before then he was a normal teenager; he played street hockey, basketball, and high school football. He worried about school, clothes and girlfriends...but afterwards...his life became chemotherapy, scans, hospital stays and operations.

Creston was not allowed to attend school because of the chance of infection and therefore missed all athletic events, dances and parties associated with the life of a teenager. During his three years of treatment, Creston had two knee replacements, two bi-lateral lung resections where 148 tumors were removed, and too many "procedures" to count. He tried without success all the chemotherapy drugs recommended for his disease.

In the spring of 2005, his oncologist stopped treatment to allow Creston to gain strength and walk with his graduating class at Monarch High School. He walked across the stage to the standing ovation of all gathered. Creston died five months later on October 4, 2005 at the age of 18.

Creston's dream was to become a pediatric oncology nurse. He never achieved his dream but his foundation is honoring his wishes by helping the cancer children he so loved. Cancer does not just affect the person diagnosed but their family, friends, and the community at large. As a community, we need to gather together and support those in need

Someone once asked Creston, “If you could do it all over again, would you?”  He said, “The highs are so high and the lows are so low but my highs outweighed the lows.”  The highs start with the relationships you forge with your caregivers and the other cancer families and continue with community support.  Your doctors and nurses become your family and the other children your brothers and sisters.  Time is passed with IV pole races, shooting spit wads at your favorite nurses, playing cards with a new found friend, or discussing Emeril Lagasse’s latest recipe.  Each day becomes a precious gift that you want to share with those you love.

Thank you for considering a tax deductible donation to support the Creston Walker Foundation and all the children it touches. Nothing can bring Creston back, but “Hand in Hand, we can make a difference” in the lives of others and their journey with cancer.



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