TULSA - Jonah White has plenty to smile about on the jungle gym.
He can play just like any other kid, even though he's won a battle most kids can't even imagine.
"Whenever I first had it I used to have a lot of pain near my ankle," said Jonah.
'It' was cancer. Among the people who helped him beat it? Dr. Wendy Bourland at St. Francis Hospital.
"They become your own children," said Dr. Bourland. "So you're not fighting for something removed from you. You're fighting for something very personal and it's a fight for life."
But for her, saving childrens' lives at the hospital wasn't enough. She wanted to do even more. So she started the Tulsa CureSearch walk, to raise money for childrens' cancer research.
"We really wanted a day where our families could unite in the fact that they're all going through something unfathomable," said Dr. Bourland.
Last year was the first year for the walk. There were families with children battling cancer and other families who just wanted to help. Their goal was to raise 40 thousand dollars. Instead, they raised more than 110 thousand.
"That day," said Dr. Bourland while choking up. "(Was) pretty amazing."
So amazing it's back for a 2nd year and Jonah's family will be there.
"We want to celebrate life. We want to celebrate those who have beaten cancer," said Amy White, Jonah's mom.
"It's a really good thing to raise money for cancer, to help people. It will save lives," said Jonah.
It's a day jonah and his family wouldn't miss, supporting the doctor who saved his life and who is making a difference in so many others.
And this year's walk will be this Saturday morning, September 29th, at Oral Roberts University. You can register starting at eight that morning or you can register here. http://www.curesearchwalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1018287
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