Glenn Roger’s email:
You’re receiving this email because you are either in my professional network, a family friend, or you know Eric through Webber Academy, various hockey organizations, Calgary Rangers Soccer, or Westside King’s Church.
As many of you know, my wife Jacqueline has been fighting a brain tumour for over twenty years. In that time, she has had four brain operations (two in the past two years), had approximately five years of chemo and one year of radiation. In the last year specifically, she has seen a significant decline, and is now at the state where there exist no more medical tools to manage the tumour. She is receiving home care right now, and the doctors estimate that her fight with the brain tumor will probably be over within the next three months.
Last weekend, it fell upon me to inform my two sons (Eric, who is 10, and Scott, who is eight years old) that their mother’s time was likely nearing its end – obviously a challenging discussion. This was Eric’s reaction:
“Well, Dad, we have to do something for Mom.” To which I replied, “I agree, but my point is that everything that can be done has been.”
“Nope. I’m going to raise money for brain cancer research. I’m going to start a GoFundMe page and raise $10,000 to help Mom.”
“You’re going to… wha…???”, and as my brain caught up and I fully comprehended what I had just heard, my next question was: “You know how to do that????”
“Yes, Dad. I do.”
One call to grandma, the IT guru of the family, and three hours later Eric had a GoFundMe site for brain cancer research up and running. He’s already raised over $1,000.
I’ve attached the link to Eric’s GoFundMe site. If you want to help a kid who doesn’t acknowledge boundaries and expectations on what a 10-year old can accomplish, and who has very clearly learned character, strength, and courage from his mother, please click on the link and help him reach his goal. And, if you know someone who might be inspired by this story, please feel free to pass on this email and the link to them.
Hopefully we will run into each other sometime in the near future. Thanks for taking the time to read this story!