Thursday, 20 June 2013

Perspectives - Breyden’s story

After graduating from high school and celebrating with friends, most teenagers either start full time work, head to college or university or take off to travel and explore the world.  What prompted Breyden to head out on foot across Canada to raise money for cancer research?

When a close friend was diagnosed with leukemia Breyden wanted to do something to help. He felt strongly that he needed to take action; to make a difference and to literally walk the talk. As the idea formulated in his mind he began sharing his plans with family and friends. Some family and friends were concerned for his safety and the logistics of such an undertaking but all were impressed with his heart and desire to help. 

Being a very independent individual, Breyden was fully intending on doing this on his own. He did not wish to inconvenience any one by asking for, or accepting offers for a support vehicle to accompany him, or for a background team to assist with the logistics of such an endeavor. 

But soon into the journey Breyden realised that others in his life wanted to help him, the way he wanted to help his friend. It is about much more than just raising money. It is about coming together and caring for each other and taking action. It is about being a community, regardless of what city we may live in. 

Many people have come along side Breyden to support his efforts and he has accepted their help with humility and grace and a renewed determination to achieve his goal.  The Cross Canada Cure may be Breyden`s idea but it has become much more than that to many. It has become an opportunity.  A chance to really do something for others.  

What has intrigued you about this adventure?  Who in your life has battled cancer? You.  A family member.  A close friend.  We have all been affected by cancer in some way and we all deal with it in different ways. What is right for one person may not be right for another. How do you choose to work through your feelings and how do you support others?

It is a process and, in many ways, we are all in this together. 

- Lynda Nash (Breyden's Mom)

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