This past summer has been a long one, but one that I will never forget.
Every week was another city. Every city was another bus to pull for another crowd of kids battling cancer. It was hard to feel tired, exerting yourself week after week pulling buses, when you can look into the crowd and see a 4-year-old boy with no hair fighting a life threatning illness.
While I may wonder how many more bus pulls I have left in my body, and if I will retain enough strength to finish up the tour for the summer, his parents wonder how many more summers his body has left in him.
The tour of Camp Trillium summer camps was not like my previous bus pulls. Previously, I visited public schools to talk to the students about setting goals. In those bus pulls, the kids would bring a dollar or two to school and the funds would get matched by Scotiabank and go to the SickKids hospital.
In this tour, the kids were the sick children, and the goal was not so much to raise money as it was to give them hope. If a normal size man can tow a 26,500 pound school bus, anything is possible. They could see this massive school bus, and this much smaller man, and the message was clear…the size of the person does not always show their true strength.
It is important to create awareness about these Trillium camps. Many who have a child with Cancer may not be aware they have a Trillium camp in their city for a week during the summer.
These kids have the scariest fight when they take on Cancer. It would be unimaginable for you or me to be 6 years old, and get the news you had to battle a sickness as scary as Cancer. It is not like other sicknesses kids your age would get. Other kids get chicken pox, or other common colds, but no other kid you knew would be in the same position. There would be no one you could relate to, or talk about it with to make you feel better (or normal). That is what makes it so much scarier.
That is also why these camps are so important. So that these kids see they are normal, and they are not alone. Other kids that age do get Cancer, and still they fight and win.