Brave Slater Walker succumbs to brain cancer at 6 leaving behind a lasting legacy

Back in March this year, young Slater Walker was told he only had a few months to live after every medical avenue to cure his brain cancer had now failed. He had been battling stage 2/3 brain cancer before he even turned two. Now, it was deemed terminal.

He fought and he fought, but most importantly, however, in the last few months of his life, he lived with zest and a steely determination to fulfill some of his dying wishes.

Unfortunately on Wednesday, August 11th, Slater lost his battle against the disease.

His Aunty, Melanie Walker, sent Kindness and Hope the following heartbreaking news:

Hi Melissa,

Unfortunately, he passed yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 7.30 am in the arms of his mum and myself at Gold Coast hospital. It was very peaceful for him. We thought we had more time 💔 We are devastated but comforted by all the amazing things he did in his short life.
Yes unfortunately we are still asking for donations to the fund. I just like to make people aware that this fund has been running for years so that they understand when they see the figure that, it has been over a few years.
They took his brain out yesterday. We donated it. It went straight to the tumor bank in Brisbane and the mice have already been infected with his tumor. Our beautiful boy is already saving lives 💕💔

We are planning a community memorial service for him as well as soon as restrictions are lifted. At this stage, we will probably have to have a private funeral but it can be live screened. 

Melissa thank you for being a part of his journey and sharing his story. It is our hope that through research and getting his story out there to make people aware of brain cancer so no other family has to suffer like this.

Slater and his family

 

My warmest regards

Melanie

From the outset, despite his own ill health, Slater wanted to help others – he decided to donate his brain so it will help in the research of tumours like Posterior Fossa Ependymoma (Cerebellum and Brain Stem), which Slater had. They account for about 6% of childhood brain tumours and affect 1 child in 1.4 million.

He helped in other ways, too. He fulfilled one of his wishes when he had the opportunity to be a reporter for the Children’s Hospital’s station Juiced TV, and as a testament to his character, he put together a whole episode for the channel on radiation to teach the kids at the hospital that radiation is not scary.

In the months leading up to his death, Slater’s school put on a superhero day for him and raised over $20,000 for the Paediatric Brain Cancer Research Center in Brisbane.

“It was an amazing day we couldn’t believe what a little school of 300 achieved,” Melanie relayed at the time. “It was just so beautiful.”

Slater had a lot of wonderful moments in his last months.  He truly lived, regardless of how quickly his health was deteriorating.

His final wish was to visit the Australia Zoo.

“We had the most amazing time,” Melanie revealed. “All his wishes came true. We got to feed the giraffes and Lemurs up close and we ran into Robert Irwin, Bindi, and Chandler. Slater was so starstruck. It was all he wanted.”

 

You can help make a difference and ensure others don’t suffer through the pain Slater and his family have gone through by donating to their gofundme page as they seek to continue to help save other children from facing the same fate as Slater.

R.I.P. little Slater — you were a superhero and a gift to those who knew you and cherished you. Heaven just got another angel.

melissa

Article by melissa

Melissa Myers is a trained journalist, working in London and New York. She worked for all of the national newspapers in the U.K. as a celebrity journalist and was News Director of In Touch magazine in the U.S. In 2017, she decided to focus on making a difference in the world and launched her website kindnessandhope.org. When she is not publishing real-life stories that seek to inspire those facing adversity, she is feeding 100 homeless people weekly on the West Side of L.A. and helps find rescue animals a home. Melissa also builds websites for a variety of clientele and runs social media campaigns for non-profits. When she isn't surfing, she spends time with her own little rescue pup, Peanut