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About Drake - The Auction 2018

Our 2018 grant recipient is Drake Walker.


On August 15th, 2018, Jim and Leslie Walker were given news no parent wants to hear.  Their 7-year-old son Drake has been diagnosed with DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.  DIPG is a highly aggressive and difficult to treat pediatric brain tumor.  There is no cure for DIPG.  It is often considered the worst type in existence. 

The Walkers are an amazing family full of love, dedication and service.  Jim serves as a Sergeant with the Torrance Police Department and Leslie serves as a Birth and Postpartum Doula.  Taryn, James and Gigi are Drake’s adorable and amazing siblings.  Drake is currently participating in a clinical trial at Children’s Hospital Orange County.  The clinical trial consists of a six-week radiation treatment.  Because of the size and location of DIPG, in the brainstem, surgery is not an option.  Drake has good and bad days and often gets terrible headaches, dizziness and sleeps a lot.  Get Up 8 Foundation is raising funds to help make memories for the Walker family that will last forever.


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