About Where There’s Will, There’s A Way – Reflections on My Son Will and His Cancer Journey:
Imagine you were 6 years old, and had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Imagine you were told that your battle against this cancer would endure for 8 1/2 years, and that you would endure multiple surgeries on your brain, and endless rounds of radiation and chemotherapy and experimental treatments to try to win this fight before you perished. How would you live? Would that fight crush your spirit, make you angry and fill your world with unbearable sadness? Will Canan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2004 at the age of 6. He was determined to fight his cancer with every ounce of his being, but equally determined not to let it keep him from going to school with his friends, playing baseball, and being a normal kid. He inspired many he came to know and many he never got the pleasure to meet around the country and around the world with his courage, his unfailing sense of humor, his deep love of animals and grace under the most enormous pressure imaginable. This is Will’s story.
All proceeds from sales of Will’s book will be used to support charities that assisted Will and our family, as well as other families with children who are also battling cancer.
Will was just 14-years-old when he lost his 9 year battle to cancer. While there is no preparation for the loss of a child, Will’s story provides insight, strength and courage that would be helpful to any family confronted with a son or daughter fighting cancer. The Willpower of this young man and the number of people he touched along the way is remarkable and inspiring…a caring message for all of us.
– Joseph A. Dearani, MD
Canan family friend and Mayo Clinic physician
“Where There’s Will, There’s a Way” is a must read for any parent. This is a story that no parent wants to tell, but Tom tells it with honesty, clarity, faith and most of all, love for his son and family. Each of us will love a little deeper, play a little longer, trust your faith a little further and cherish our precious time with our loved ones after reading this book.
– Tyler Glynn, physician liaison, Mayo Clinic
“Where There’s Will, There’s A Way” is a book that puts you along side the journey of a child named Will Canan and his life with cancer. The words written by Tom Canan, Will’s father, take you right into the place they are. You feel, see, and become aware of the many struggles, joys, ups and downs for Will and his family. Above all, you feel the love and commitment of a family united together in this battle against cancer.
As a bereaved parent myself, this book conveys very well the relationship of a parent and child. Tom Canan finds the right words in sharing his story. There is no question that Will is a person who is greatly admired. As a family facing a giant cancer mountain in their path, you learn that the journey is but one step at a time. Some steps sure and steady, some with great hesitation and wonder of where to step next. Tom shares about the many special people who walk along side this family and their journey. As I turn the pages, I see the very best in others.
This book touches your very heart and soul. It is evident that love never ends, even in death. The Canan’s continue to be a living legacy of their beloved son. They reach out to others in so many ways, including running a support group. It is in sharing our stories, that we can find hope and healing. Lives have been touched and changed by this child, Will Canan. I thank Tom and his family for sharing their very personal story and journey. Our children are a part of us forever.
Patty Christianson, Bereaved Parent, Mom of Katherine (Katie) Mae Christianson, Chapter Leader of Coulee Region Compassionate Friends Child Loss Support Group, LaCrosse, WI.
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