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My Story

Welcome to the "Walk to Inspire" website. Created for a very special event, a fathers walk to inspire his sons fight against cancer, beginning Saturday, March 12, 2011. The "Walk To Inspire" will travel from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to M D Anderson in Houston, Texas.  To walk along or offer logistical support, e-mail us at walktoinspire@gmail.com. Visit every day to see where the "Walk" is that day.

      On March 10, 2010, my son, Will Steele,  at the tender age of 33, was diagnosed with CANCER. We were told that he had DSRCT. The doctors told him there is no cure that will save his life. Through intense chemotherapy and surgery they can, at best, prolong his life for 2-5 years. Of course, we were devastated. For months I walked around in a daze. I thought of his funeral and what he would look like in a coffin. I desperately wanted to do something. Will did not want to do Chemotherapy in the beginning saying why go through that if he was going to die anyway. I told him that he needed to do anything possible to prolong  his life for the sake of his wife, Kerri and most of all for his three children Page, Emma and Liam, who were six, four, and two years old at the time. If he could prolong his life five or six years his son would be able to have memories of his father. My son relented and to date has gone through 10 rounds of grueling chemotherapy.
         On March 31st of 2011 he will undergo an extreme surgery to remove as much of the remaining CANCER as possible. He told me while I was trying to convince him to do the treatments that I did not realize how difficult this was going to be and that I was not the one who was going to be going through this. I told him that I would take chemotherapy with him but I did not think the medical community would let me. I told him that I would try to find something very difficult to do in support for him. I decided that something would be to walk to M D Anderson in Houston, where his surgery is scheduled, from Baton Rouge, where I live.

    I started out with one purpose, to show my son how much I love and want to support him. For the first time in almost a year I found hope.  After a great amount of time and consideration I have finalized  the purpose for my walk -- first,  show my son how much I understand his pain and secondly, to not wish I could do something, but, rather do something. So on March 12th, 2011, I will leave Baton Rouge on my walk to Houston. Anyone who would like to join me in the walk or some sort of logistical support, you would be most welcome. Please contact me via this website or my e-mail walktoinspire@gmail.com

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WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry.

Will attended Christian Brothers University where he ran cross country. This year the team dedicated their season to him. I have to tell all of them they touched him ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry.

Will is being discharged tommorrow morning at 10:00am. He is getting a nerve block for lower back. Amazingly! I really can't find words to describe the fight he has. How ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Not Clear".

He is still in a drug induced state. I hope we can get him out of it. His pain seems to be under control. The amount of drugs going in now is minimal. Keep on keeping on. ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Surprise Surprise Surprise".

It was a long night of watching him just lie there and do nothing. I had pretty much come to terms with what was coming. Cynthia was very close but just couldn't quite get ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Mothers Love".

A mothers love is the strongest bond that exist. We are at Will's bedside and he has asked for a bible. His sister is reading to him. Cynthia is accepting there will be no ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Welcome Home".

Will is resting comfortably. We have all accepted the time is near. Everyone is hoping he is feeling no pain or fear. I think God knows when it time to go home. While ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Let Go".

I've done all I can do! I said when it was time I would let go. No one can expect Will to fight any harder than he has. He has already won the fight.. It can't be said you ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Don't Give Up".

Will has been in some premier hospitals and treated by renowned physicians. We would not have made it this far without them. It has been three years and we are all ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Quite Your Mind Will".

In just the past few weeks there have been so many changes in Will's life he has lost site of what he is supposed to be doing. He told me "I dont know what my purpose ... Read more

WALK TO INSPIRE posted a new journal entry, "Comedy of Errors".

Will was told by MD Anderson they had done everything they could do. Baylor oncology said there was no known protocol at this point. There was a cocktail of chemo drugs ... Read more

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