“Walker Beery is your ordinary nine-year-old New Orleans kid. He loves the Saints, Pelicans and playing with his friends and family.
But what’s uncommon about Walker is that he’s going through something no child should ever have to. Two years ago, Walker was diagnosed with brain cancer.
“I was personally really scared,” Walker said from his Uptown home.
And as you may imagine, the news left his parents shaken.
“We were completely blow away two years ago when Walker was diagnosed by the support of the community,” said his father, Taylor Beery.
They’ve taken Walker around the country to see specialists, most recently he was part of a clinical trial in Birmingham. They’re fighting, and at 9 years old, so is Walker.
And while he may have lost his hair, this child hasn’t lost hope.
“He has maintained a great attitude and smiled through some really terrible stretches of time,” Taylor said.
And on their journey the Beerys realized that only 4-percent of federal government cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer.
“I was shocked,” Taylor said.
Walker asked his dad if they could do something to help find a cure and provide care to families. They started Kids Join The Fight.
“I started it because I didn’t want kids to have such a hard time as me going through cancer,” Walker said.
And the idea has caught fire and is now an official non-profit. Kids from across the city are posting about it on social media.
Then it grew, with people seeing what their friends are posting on social media, they also joined in from coast to coast, New York to California.
“We are amazed by him everyday and whatever credit there is in this fight, it’s because of him and we’re just following his lead,” Taylor said…..”