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Walker Family Love & Support

$61,907 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 653 people in 12 months
Created August 15, 2018
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on behalf of Leslie Walker
August 15th Jim and Leslie Walker were given news no parent wants to hear. Their 7 year old Drake has been diagnosed with DIPG, a terminal and very aggressive cancerous tumor on his brain stem. 

The Walkers are an amazing family full of love, dedication and service. Jim serves as a Sergeant with the Torrance Police Department, and Leslie serves families as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. Taryn, James and Gigi are Drake’s adorable and amazing siblings. We hope to bless them in this monitory way to ease even a tiny bit of burden they might face along their journey AND memories of fun that will last forever.

All funds raised go directly to the family to help support them in any way during this difficult time. 
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[8-15-18]
Three hundred sixty five days

One year ago today, I cried out to God like I never had before. A diagnosis for Drake was given, it wasn't good and it would change our lives in an instant. The words terminal cancer, DIPG, 9-12 months to live, we're sorry, make memories swarmed in my mind like an epic tornado, a fog that I couldn't see thru. Those first days, and even now from time to time I question is this really happening? The answer of course, is yes...and we're going to be ok. I think when I surrendered, that's where the unspeakable joy came in. I wasn't afraid. I understood what was going on, although I didn't know why. We were given a plan, or "marching orders" as I like to call them and we stepped into a journey. One that we are still walking today, Praise God. One day at a time. Lots of people asked me what a year from then looked like, I know I responded with I didn't know what things would be like but I did know that there was and still is HOPE. Hope that Drake would still be here fighting, hope for a cure, hope that no other children would die from this terrible monster...and countless other 'hopes'.

I look back on this year and can't help but smile. I've learned so many valuable lessons, I've seen the Lord answer a multitude of prayers. We've been blessed beyond measure, traveled to great places and met incredible people along the way. Our family bond has been strengthened, we've made each day count. We've treasured every moment and have laughed more than ever.

In the midst of the storm, God is good. Even in the darkness, the light of Christ shines thru. I don't know what tomorrow or next week, month or year holds for us and that's ok. The biggest lesson is to live for today, tomorrow will take care of itself...you know, there's a verse about that!

"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today" Matt 6:34 NLT

This cancer is a beast. Too many children we have been following, the journey has ended. Our hearts mourn with theirs. I don't understand....but, we press on, and hope for a cure.

Thank you all for sticking with us. We love you!

Marching Orders: Take one day at a time

- Mama Leslie
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From mom Leslie:

*Birthday Tribute* This is 8

What a day! I end it with such a sense of joy, greatfulness, so thankful and my heart is so full...I'm also super tired, but that's ok.
Today, Drake Elijah, you are 8. Time needs to slow down, but then again, I LOVE to watch you grow. If you would have asked me 10 months ago what Drake's Birthday would be like, I would have told you that it was possible we would be celebrating a heavenly birthday...that's just the reality of terminal illness. Instead, with the help of some amazing friends, we threw the biggest birthday party ever and it was probably the best day. As with every Birthday, here are a few things we love about you:

You are a brave warrior
You are so snuggly and I love that
I can still pick you up and hold you
You love video games
You'd play all day on electronics if we let you
You're favorite person is still Taryn
Baseball is life for you, you bleed Dodger blue
You are kind
You love playing games
You have an amazing amount of energy

You are SOOOO loved, and I hope you felt how much people love you today at your party!! We're so proud of you. We know this past year has been challenging but you've handled it with patience and wisdom beyond your years. Happy Happy 8th Birthday, be blessed today and always

#PrayforDrake #WalkerStrong #Drakeis8 #watchdrakekickcancersbutt #DIPG
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Month 9: Small Victories

We made it to the 9 month mark, the first milestone on this journey. This month is met with a lot of different emotions that I am still processing, but when we were given a timeline of 9-12 months for Drake to live, just thinking about getting to the 9th month, regardless of the state he was in, has been on our minds all along. With that, we follow the journeys of several other families, some of which we have gotten very close to and when the fight ends, our hearts overflow with sadness for the loss and yet joy for suffering no longer.

What we know:
Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We cling to His word that says He will never leave or forsake us. He's fighting our battles and holding us up when we are too weak to stand. We know that during trials our faith is being tested, which we know gives us the opportunity for spiritual growth. We lean closer to God, we pray without ceasing and we allow the Lord to work.

Where we've been:
9 months ago today, our 7yo son Drake was diagnosed with in inoperable brain tumor called DIPG. We have lived a lot of life since then! Drake went thru a surgery to place a shunt in his brain to help the fluid drain out properly. He also had a biopsy which helped confirm the diagnosis.He's had countless MRI scans. He then went thru 6 weeks of radiation (which is the standard protocol for DIPG). We participated in a clinical trial thru CHOC and dealt with the harsh effects of steroids. We then took the next couple of months for traveling, including a Make-A-Wish Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. We enjoyed the Holidays and we rang in the new year with style.

Where we're at:
Since January, Drake has been involved in a clinical trial thru UCSF called CED, where a chemo drug is used to attack the tumor directly. Its a 2 day infusion process every 7 weeks and so far, he has been doing exceptionally well! We praise God for that victory! From Nov, he has been in a phase called the "honeymoon period" which is known as the time after radiation ends and before progression of the tumor begins. During this time, Drake has been symptom free! He functions like a normal, energetic 7 year old with lots of playtime and restful sleep. He is an asset to his baseball team and loves going to the park with Dad to play tennis or get in some batting practice. He has been loving being a part of his 1st grade class two mornings a week and getting in as much school time as possible with Mrs. Montrose. He is always up for a card or board game or playing outside on the trampoline. It is such a joy to see him doing all these things!! We thank God for Drake's abilities and resilience! He is both parts snuggly and sweet and fiesty and moody We love our boy so much, and we treasure each day with him!

What's next?
The next MRI is coming up on May 24th and if that scan is stable, the next infusion will be the week of the 27th. We are all looking forward to being together in San Francisco for that (well, except Taryn, who will be kicking butt at an All-Star Tourney ) Some exciting things coming up, celebrating Jim's 40th Birthday, the end of baseball/softball season, Taryn's 5th grade promotion and the end of another school year! Our summer will be busy with 12U All-Stars, Drake's 8th Birthday, trips to the beach, catching up with friends and a few family trips! Bring on summer!!!

As always, we want to extend our upmost thanks to our family, our friends, our church, our community and the the army of people supporting us, lifting us up in prayer, encouraging us and donating time and money to our family. Every one of you is valuable to us!! We love you all very much, we continue to fight with strength, we will not be shaken.

#PrayforDrake #WalkerStrong #watchdrakekickcancersbutt #restinpeaceRonan #smitty31 #GoGrayinMay
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From Mama Leslie:

Month 7

Today was a very special day for Officer Drake Walker, he was presented with the Chief's award at a luncheon. Looking quite dapper in full uniform he first led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and then accepted the award due to his bravery while battling brain cancer. Jim and I couldn't be prouder of our extraordinary son, we are so greatful for TPD and Chief Irvine for all the love, support and encouragement they continue to give our family as we weather this storm
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