Hey everyone, my name is Allison Wright and I work with the LIVESTRONG Challenge team here at the Foundation.
In an earlier blog, Doug referenced a young man by the name of Jimmy Fowkes who was waiting to hear back about a possible cancer recurrence. We recently received word that Jimmy’s cancer has indeed returned and he’s now facing chemo for 4-5 months, with the last 4-6 weeks being a stem cell rescue where he’ll be hospitalized for 28-42 days.
To give you an idea of the type of young man Jimmy is, read the story he wrote last year about his initial cancer experience. In talking with Jimmy’s father the other day, he let us know that although Jimmy’s got a lot going on right now, what’s weighing most on his mind is that depending on how he responds to the treatment and when the last portion starts, he may be in the hospital during the LIVESTRONG Challenge Portland in June.
If you read Jimmy’s story or if you’ve ever met him, you’ll know that he’s not worried about missing the Portland Challenge for personal reasons. He’s not upset that he might miss a bike ride or the opportunity to see Lance, what’s weighing on his mind is that he might miss out on the opportunity to do something for someone else to raise funds so that others going through a cancer diagnosis can be supported and to raise awareness so that someone else might not have to go through what he, at 15, has had to endure for the past two years.
I know you’ve read it many times before on this blog, but we at LAF are truly fortunate because of the people who we get to meet each and every day. Think about it – a 15 year old boy who has faced so much already and who has every reason to hate the world and be angry and resentful, has chosen not only to forge ahead and fight his own battle with dignity and determination, but to give wholeheartedly of himself so that others can thrive.
I know he’s got a battle ahead of him, but in a fight between cancer and Jimmy Fowkes, my money’s on Jimmy. I know he’s gonna fight like hell and I know he’s got the LIVESTRONG Army behind him. I can’t wait to see him in June, on his bike in Portland.
Jimmy, Lance and Jimmy’s sister Molly at the 2007 Portland Challenge