Hello my name is Jordan Hopkins.
For the first time I am joining Team for Hope. For 10 years my Mom has encouraged and coached a group of women to run and raise money to fund vital research into Neuroblastoma and help families financially. Why has she done this? Because of me.
Shortly after I turned 2 years old I woke up one morning and would not walk because I was in a lot of pain. This puzzled my parents as the day before I played and played at the park with my Dad and never complained. This is the story of childhood cancer especially Neuroblastoma, it comes on very quickly and has to be treated immediately and very aggressive. I spent a lot of time at the BC Children’s Hospital, a lot of time! You see, Neuroblastoma is a very ugly type of cancer and at the time my survival rate was 20% and that was with the very harshest treatment. I actually do not remember most of it as I was still very young but I do know that I received the best care at the hospital and my Mom, Dad and older sister Jessica were also there by my side.
So why join the Team now? 2020 marks the 10th Anniversary, I have been cancer free since 2001 and my Cousin Josh wants me to do it too! Over the last 10 years, all these women have raised money to help kids like me and it is overwhelming how much they have raised and the research that has been funded by them. Some of them are my aunties, my sister, friends of the family and some were complete strangers that were moved by my story and what the Team has done. How can I not join them.
Over the last 10 years I have also meet other kids with Neuroblastoma and other cancers in BC, Alberta and especially right here in Victoria. My Mom always dragged me out to meet them and help out with the Team’s events. She always said that I gave the other families so much HOPE as I was a survivor(remember it was 20%). I made friendships with these kids and one of my buddies I went to school with him for 7 years. Sadly, I have had to say goodbye to too many of them way before any kid should have to. I have held Rene’s hand days before he passed away, visited Elise in the hospital and FaceTime Jacob during High School Graduation while he lie in a hospital bed. Cancer did not take my life, it did take some of my friends.
I am running in honour of Jacob Kerr, Rene, Elise, Jacob T, Molly, Zak, Tiernan, Madrona, Justin and Hannah along with all my other friends on November 1, 2020.