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Walker Family Love & Support

$61,320 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 640 people in 8 months
Created August 15, 2018
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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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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Month 6: Steady On

Six months ago on Aug 15th 2018 our lives got turned upside down when we learned that Drake, our 7yo son was diagnosed with DIPG... terminal brain cancer. We've lived a lot of life since then and here's an update on what's happening in the Walker House

WHAT WE KNOW: God is good, and providing for our EVERY need, which brings us such comfort. While we don't know the will of God, we cling to the fact that He loves us more than we can imagine and we hold fast to His word that says He will never leave or forsake us. We are thankful every day and have learned to take nothing for granted. Life is short, and we are living it to the fullest.

So, what's going on?
Drake is doing really well, we continue to be amazed at his abilities. Last month we started a clinical trial thru UCSF, using a chemo drug to attack the tumor head on. So far, we've seen no side effects from the first infusion of the drug. Next MRI is this coming Wednesday Feb.20th with the next infusion being Feb. 26th-27th.

Baseball/Softball season will soon be in full swing for the Walker kids with Taryn moving up to 12U, James moving up to Triple A and Drake moving up to Double A! We are feeling so greatful that Drake feels well enough to play and we very much look forward to cheering all of our kids on! If you're local, and you want to catch a game, let me know and I can tell you the game schedule ❤

So for now, Drake is stable...he looks good and feels good, but that certainly doesn't mean the cancer is gone, he is still fighting this monster. The weight he gained from being on steroids is coming off and he is almost back down to his normal weight. Right now, we're in the honeymoon period, the time between the end of radiation and the beginning of progression. Drake is essentially symptom free, which explains why he is doing so well. He is still enjoying home school, being in the classroom for short visits and allllll the video games and adventures with Daddy.

We again want to give our sincere thanks to those of you supporting us thru gofundme and other donations. Those donations are making it possible for us to go on trips and take care of flights back and forth to San Fransisco, and for everyday necessities. We are greatful for family, friends, our church, the community of El Segundo and the thousands of people covering us in prayer. Your support means everything to us. We love you all, continue to lift up Drake and all the children fighting this terrible disease.
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Here's a guy who has once again been discharged home from ICU. That doesn't happen very often, but Drake has made it his thing. Our warrior has spent the majority of the last two days under anesthesia for the first round of infusion with a clinical trial called CED thru the University of San Fransisco. This included a surgery to create direct access to the tumor then used a catheter to infuse a chemo drug aimed right at the tumor. It was loooooong and agonizing for Jim and I, but Drake handled it like a champ, not suprising!! He is doing great, and I'm sure super ready to come home...we miss him so much and look forward to having us all under the same roof. Tonight they will stay in family housing on campus and fly home in the morning. Our most sincere thanks to the thousands of people who prayed without ceasing these past couple days. We couldn't have gotten thru without that coverage of prayer. We are incredibly thankful to God for His protection and safety in this first round of the trial. We do it all over again in 4-8 weeks. We love you all, and we appreciate your continued prayers on our journey.
#PrayforDrake #WalkerStrong #DIPG #UCSF #clinicaltrial
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*All is calm*
The word calm keeps being brought to me. Its how things are right now and how we plan to head in 2019, calm and collected. I reflect on the year and all I can think is WOW, how blessed we are! We've learned so much, been many places and felt a lot of feelings. One thing remains the same, we cannot do one minute of this life without Jesus, it is just that simple.

WHAT DO WE KNOW: God is still God, and we trust him completely. He loves us more than we can fathom, He works all things for good, He has a plan and a purpose for all of us and we stand in awe of His goodness.

WHERE WE'VE BEEN: We're in the middle of the 4th month after Drake, our 7yo son, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, called DIPG. The last 4 months have been filled with hospitals, surgery, radiation, appointments, a clinical trial, countless trips, sleep, school, sports and a heck of a lot of joy. Yes, you read that right JOY. Our family of 6 has come together to support each other in a way I have never seen before. Our church family continues to amaze us with their love, prayers and donations. Our community has come together and we are so blessed to be a part of an amazing city. Friends are stepping up, helping out and are there when we need them. Yes, the sting of having a child with terminal illness is painful...our hearts hurt...but, I'm telling you, its very hard to stay sad when blessing after blessing is being poured out. Prayers have been answered on a daily basis! Our needs are being met! We are being provided for! And with that, our faith increases.... God has got this!

WHAT'S NEXT? : The door to 2019 is open, and our marching orders are the same. Every day is a gift and should be treated as so. Stay calm, slow down, live in the moment and don't miss an opportunity to bless someone else. Take time to talk to people, be kind and generous, and love each other.

What about Drake, you ask? Drake is an amazing kid, he really is. He's in a time period the doctors call "The Honeymoon Period" which is the block of time after radiation ends and before progression of the tumor begins. Doctors have told us that Drake will be symptom free, have energy and basically be his normal self. All that is true right now. He isn't on any medication ( just an occasional zofran for nausea) he has loads of energy and is losing the weight he gained while on steroids. His eye is less squinty and the facial droop is unnoticeable. He runs, jumps, plays outside and sleeps perfectly each night. He is fiesty and yet snuggly and sweet.

What's next for Drake?? The details are still being worked out, but he has been approved for a clinical trial called CED with the University of San Francisco. In shortest terms it will involve a surgery that will create direct access to the tumor and the use of a chemo drug to target only the tumor. It will involve traveling to SF on a monthly basis for a 3 day period which I'm confident we can handle. The logistics are not worked out yet, but this is something we feel led to pursue. With the trial we plan to keep things normal on the homefront, keeping the kids in school as much as possible. Drake is still learning from home and he loves getting Mrs. Montrose all to himself. We have plans on the horizon for travel, we hope to visit lots of great places!

As a family we wish to truly thank every person who has supported us along the way whether that be thru prayer, donation, time, encouraging words, sharing scripture and hugs. The support from the people around us makes this time in our life a lot easier of a burden to bear. We love you all, keep those prayers coming and may all of you be truly blessed beyond measure in 2019!

Happiest New Year!!
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