Below are excerpts from Ed Tait’s article:
This is a story about bravery and strength, about sacrifice, and about love and compassion – all the powerful characteristics Justin Cole associates with his mom.
And frankly, it’s a story the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end wishes he didn’t have to tell at all…
Cole lost his mother to breast cancer 20 years ago – on April 26, 1999, to be exact – after a courageous battle with the disease. But while her passing was crushing and confusing to Cole, then just nine years-old, it’s the circumstances surrounding her passing that resonate with him more and more each day.
His mother, Victoria, was pregnant when she was first diagnosed with cancer and opted to forego the chemotherapy to ensure the baby wouldn’t be affected.
“She had the make the decision for herself or for her second son at the time,” began Cole, choosing to open up about his mother to help promote the Blue Bombers’ annual Pink game, October 29th vs. Ottawa, in support of the fight against breast cancer.
“SHE CHOSE TO DELAY OR FOREGO TREATMENT TO MAKE SURE MY LITTLE BROTHER (WESLEY) WAS BORN HEALTHY.”
“And he was born a healthy and happy baby.”
After giving birth, Cole’s mother then began to undergo her treatments. But as millions know, cancer can be vicious and it plays no favourites. And what happened next forever changed Cole’s life.
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