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Flashing through my mind was a moment years ago in their Calgary living room. We were brain-storming the way Lawrence’s story could be related in terms of a baseball game. We both loved the game, as we used to play scrub or pop-up-flies in the evenings or Sunday afternoons on the small Manitoban farm. The excitement grew as we began listing some different chapter titles... Strike one, Strike two, Strike three, Batter’s… I recall we looked at each other and refused to say the next word. Our smiles dissolved and we quickly changed the subject. It was like we knew to actually say the words might somehow bring it into being. Batter’s Out. Games come in various forms and require different strategies, just as battles do. I invite you to take a walk with Lawrence, as he and his family face each battle together and choose to push the limits of his disability with astounding courage and determination.

Romping With the “Big C” is an inspiring story, of my brother Lawrence’s two bouts of stage 4 cancer; the second of which placed him in a wheelchair as a paraplegic. The first diagnosis was July 4th, 1995. It was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Almost seven years later on Father’s Day weekend, this stage 4 cancer came back with a vengeance. Romping With the “Big C” depicts how even strong-willed individuals struggle with the reality and consequences of cancer but also how together, they push past the surrounding negative expectations. My brother would prove the doctors wrong by walking again. However, in April, 2010 a similar, yet different attack pushed Lawrence to the limits once again.

50% of Author's Proceeds will be Donated to Cancer Research

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