I'm Karl, I'm 15 and I'm in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
I love the outdoors, I love to move and play sports; I'm passionate about basketball, mountain biking, field hockey and golf, and I started downhill skiing in 2020, the year I was diagnosed with leukemia.
At the onset of the disease, I was hospitalized for two weeks, and during my intensive treatment period, I had to receive three chemotherapies a day four to five times a week at CHEO, in addition to numerous transfusions. I wasn't hungry, I felt very tired and I lay down most of the time. My parents, who were always there for me, felt very helpless. I'd tell them I'd be fine, but the hardest part was fighting the fatigue and tolerating the pain. It lasted nine months! Luckily I had my dog Jack to keep me company!
I now have a lot less pain and a lot more energy. My treatments are over and I'm slowly getting back into shape. What's most motivating is that I can finally move around, discover new things, play video games, go to the movies, cook and see my friends!
Thanks to the CHEO Foundation, we get to meet some incredible people!