For Josie Baines
On December 26, 2018, I lost the biggest part of me. My heart, my soul, my strength, my light. I lost my amazing mama, Josie Baines. My mom is remembered by her son, mother, sisters, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, colleagues, friends, students and her puppies. She was a woman that touched the lives of so many.
Almost one year ago my amazing mom was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage 4 Brain Cancer. What started out as some serious migraines were actually a disgusting tumor called glioblastoma. I’ll never forget the day we got this news. I laid beside her, held her hand and I promised I would never leave her side. We were all scared, but brave because of my moms strength. From that day forward my mom fought... she fought HARD. 10 hour brain surgery, weeks in hospital, learning to walk again, six full weeks of radiation, endless blood tests, far too many MRI’s and several rounds of chemotherapy. She was incredibly stoic, but she never had a fighting chance. Cancer robbed my mom of so much. It took the life of a young, healthy, smart, inspiring woman. Cancer has broken us and I know it’s breaking more families out there.
As most of you know, my mom was a teacher and it was her greatest passion. She dedicated her life to educating the youth and I hope I can follow her lead. I would like to take this opportunity to make a difference for all the families in our place. I aspire to give people impacted by brain tumors more of a chance to survive. My mama wasn’t given this opportunity and I know we all would have done anything to help her.
So- let’s do it now... for the greatest woman I’ll ever know. I invite EVERYONE that loves, has been loved, has been touched, taught or inspired by Josie Baines, to join us in this walk in her memory.
I’m part of the movement to end brain tumours and I hope you’ll support me and my team in this Canada-wide effort to put a stop to this disease. By signing up for a Brain Tumour Walk, me and my team have made a commitment to end brain tumours and to help provide the essential information and support that every person diagnosed deserves.
Thank you for supporting me and my team, and more importantly, for helping the 55,000 Canadians who live with a brain tumour today.
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