Three Days Grace’s Brad Walst Joins Neuroblastoma Research Fundraiser
Three Days Grace are usually pretty good about signing on for causes, but bassist Brad Walst has a personal reason for participating in the James Fund's walk-run fundraiser for neuroblastoma research. His young son was diagnosed as having a cancerous neuroblastoma tumor several years ago.
Walst will join the group of runners and walkers around the world in taking part in the international event on Oct. 28. He's started a page where fans can sponsor his participation. It's his goal to reach $3,000 in donations and at last check he'd raised 46 percent of the figure with just over $1,400 contributed.
In the seven years the James Fund has been in existence over $275,000 has been raised for neuroblastoma research. Walst posted a photo of his son James rocking out at the Rockstar Uproar Tour earlier this year, along with his personal appeal for support. His message read:
On October 28, 2012, I will be participating in the Walk/Run for The James Fund.
Four years ago, my life was changed forever when I heard the dreaded news that my son James (who hadn't even celebrated his second birthday yet) had neuroblastoma, one of the most devastating childhood cancers. When I look back on all that he has been through, it is still shocking to know that his tiny spine has been taken apart and put back together again (not once, but twice!) to rid his body of this awful disease.
It has been over 3 years since his tumor has stabilized - James is one of the lucky ones. Not all children with neuroblastoma are as lucky, in fact the majority are not. This is the reason we support the James Fund.
In the past 4 years the supporters of our team James Rocks! have raised over $65,000 for the Walk/Run! There are no words to express our extreme gratitude - THANK-YOU!!
This year’s event will support a national Neuroblastoma Drug Discovery Project to discover new drugs to treat neuroblastoma. This project has many facets, from the lab bench to the clinic. There are no cures for neuroblastoma, and it is the goal of the Drug Discovery Project to discover an effective treatment to save our kids.
Sincerely, Brad Walst -- Three Days Grace