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David and Goliath.

Meet Walter Nesses. He’s our ‘David.’ Seventeen years young. Thousands of years old in his soul.

You’re already familiar with Goliath. Today we call it breast cancer.

This is the story of how Walter has discovered incredible powers to fight cancer starting with the power of one. Walter is a student at the San Diego Jewish Academy. And before we get to Goliath, you should know that just in this past year, Walter has had two brain surgeries performed on him. In any other story, that would be the Goliath. But not with Walter. Now consider his worst fear after coming through that traumatic ordeal―seeing his mother go through treatment for breast cancer.

That’s right. Walter found Goliath in the breast cancer that’s weakening his mother. “My mom is one of the strongest people I know. But these past two months are taking the life out of her,” says Walter. His mom found out the results of her biopsy while Walter was still in the hospital recovering from his second brain surgery. He’s made a full recovery. But for Walter, his life-saving challenge has only begun.

Walter’s seen the results of the three surgeries his mom has gone through in the span of one month. And after her first cycle of chemotherapy, she had to spend five nights in the hospital because her body could not handle the treatment. She and her oncologist are now working to determine the next step for her.

“This illness is something no one should have to suffer from, and that is why I started making shirts with the goal of raising money and donating it to you,” Walter says to the Susan G. Komen San Diego. Walter has already sold enough shirts to raise over $1,000―on his own! And now Walter is about to become a fixture at the Race for the Cure®, as he will be the proud owner of his own booth where he will be selling his shirts to fight the Goliath we all want gone. “I think that I can only go so far on my own, but that is where you can come in,” he says. “I love my mom more than anything, and this disease needs to come to an end. I can’t do it on my own. I know you can’t do it on your own. But every little help can do it.”

And that’s the story of David and Goliath. All it takes is more David’s. Starting with Walter.

David added his family’s strength comes from a quote his Dad always repeated so that his family would live by it. It’s a quote we can all live by:

Good, better, best,
You should never let it rest.
Until the good gets better
And the better gets best.

…An update from Walter….


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