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Linda Buckle joined her grandson Cole Buckle Stratton, right, and her great-grandson Dyllan Napoleon, left, on Humber Elementary’s Terry Fox walk Friday.
CORNER BROOK Terry Fox’s story is one of hope and inspiration, but often times young people keeping his legacy alive don’t have to look far from home to find other examples.
Cole Buckle-Stratton, a Grade 6 student, and his nephew Dyllan Napoleon, who is in Grade 2, joined their fellow students at Humber Elementary in the school’s annual Terry Fox walk Friday.
One-by-one the young boys and girls exited the school carrying signs and/or wearing stickers showcasing who they are walking in honour or memory of. The children’s placards varied from my nan, my pop, aunt, uncle, my dad and mom — showing just how close to home cancer hits even the youngest of the population.
Buckle-Stratton, 10, was walking for his great-nan and Napoleon, 6, was doing so for his great-great-nan — Roberta Hiscock. In 1987, G and G.G. (for great and great-great), as they boys affectionately call her, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. She had the tumor and a portion of her kidney removed, and has been cancer free ever since.
She is now 83-years-old, but again facing the uncertainity of cancer. This time it is possibly her liver, and she is undergoing tests to determine the extent.
It’s 26 years after her original diagnosis, and the two boys have had the chance to know her because of her courageous victory over a disease that is far too often fatal. In fact, Buckle-Stratton’s great grandmother Bertha Buckle died from colon cancer in 1976.
So, Buckle-Stratton and Napoleon both took some time away from their friends Friday afternoon, and walked with Linda Buckle. The uncle took his nan’s hand and the nephew took his great-nan’s hand, and they proudly showed their signs.
The relevance of cancer is sometimes lost upon children so young, but the importance of family is not.
“I would be sad if G.G. died,” Napoleon said after the walk Friday.
Sometimes, it’s obvious there are heroes close to home too.