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:
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.
My warmest regards
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.
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.