Mason, Thomas, and Luke Low are just your average little rambunctious five-year-old triplet boys who like soccer, Disney, and lego.
At first glance, nothing would appear out of the ordinary until you hear how the boys and their parents have lived through not one, but three cancer diagnoses. Considering what the Low family has endured over the past five years, all three boys have been named '2019 Kimmett Cup Wish Children'.
"When the triplets were about three months we noticed something odd about Mason's eye. My husband started to investigate and took a picture in a darker room and when it came back one eye looked white and one eye had the red reflex that is normal with a camera. So we knew there was something to be concerned about, so we got referred on quickly and that is when they discovered he had eye cancer. Shortly after they decided to check all the boys and sure enough they all had it. They are all identical and they have a genetic mutation that causes them to be prone to develop these tumors in their eyes."
Mom, Leslie Low, says the first couple years of the boys' lives were spent shuttling back and forth between Alberta and Ontario for treatment, as the cancer was a rare form. "It is pretty unique because not only are you trying to save their lives but you are also trying to save their vision too. We flew to Toronto for treatment about every three weeks and then it slowly extended a little longer and longer and we have not had a new tumor show up for three years now."
Unfortunately, during the first year of treatment, each boy lost one of their eyes. "We got to the point where they were giving them such extensive treatments, but there was only a very small chance of saving the eye or we could remove the eye to limit the amount of chemotherapy and other treatments needed."
Now only having to visit the docs every couple of months, Leslie says they are finally starting to hold out hope for a bright, cancer-free future. "You feel a lot better as time passes, however, they do have a high risk for developing other cancers, so it always keeps us on our toes. But the further we get out from treatment the more we feel we will be okay."
The boys have adapted quite well to only having one eye and it certainly hasn't slowed them down. "They just keeping living life to the fullest and they are crazy five-year-old boys."
On their way to kindergarten, the boys love learning and soaking everything in. While the boys have enjoyed playing soccer, they have yet to play a lot of hockey but are keenly interested, as their dad is a big Oilers fan. Being named Kimmett Cup Wish Children is something the Low's are incredibly proud of, mostly due to the Kimmett family. "It is so neat to see someone overcome such a tragedy, and yet, try to make the world a better place."
Low says being involved with the Children's Wish Foundation reminds her that there is still more positive than negative in the world. "It is neat to be able to see the goodness in people and their willingness to be able to cheer up a child that is battling something that not all of us can understand the full impact."
The impact that a major illness or a cancer diagnosis can have on a family can be devastating, however, granting a child's wish is invaluable. "Having something like having a wish granted can really boost a family's spirits and help them keep going and keep fighting."
Carly Morrison, the Development Coordinator for Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Alberta & N.W.T Chapter, says the fundamental values behind the Kimmett Cup are the exact reasons why they choose to get involved with the event six years ago. "By partnering up, we will bring joy to many of our Wish Children recipients who would not otherwise be able to experience delight, togetherness, and happiness away from their medical condition. The support for the tournament is unmatched by compassion and dedication by the community, businesses, and its people."
The Alberta and NWT Chapter of the Children's Wish Foundation grant between 100 to 130 wishes each and every year. In the history of the Children’s Wish Foundation, no eligible child has ever been denied their wish or been put on a waitlist, when the child is ready for a wish so is the organization.
Lastly, Leslie says if you have the time consider volunteering for Children's Wish Foundation, but if not, to please consider donating. "The money really does make a big difference to be able to grant these wishes and be able to grant these opportunities to kids."
The Low triplets have combined their wishes and are all looking forward to going to Disney World and Legoland when the time is right.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, go HERE.