Curtis has been taking Karate lessons since 2005 when he was 6. The agility and discipline of Karate fit his strengths well, and he developed a real passion for martial arts. With hard work and determination, he advanced through the belt levels.
Karate also helped CJ gain confidence and perseverance – traits that were especially important during his 8-year battle with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer that Curtis was diagnosed with at age 4. Despite a promising 5 year remission, Curtis relapsed in 2009. Throughout his treatment and hospital visits, CJ continued his Karate training and earned his blue belt in 2010.
Curtis entered his last Karate tournament on May 29, 2011. He won 1st and 2nd in Self-Defense and Kata, the day before he was admitted to Sick Kids. He passed away on July 7 – he was 12.
In his last 6 months after the fight got tougher, Cutis’ wish was to beat his cancer – not only that, he consistently prayed to help other children do the same. To carry out his wishes on his behalf, Curtis Chow Memorial Fund has been set up for Neuroblastoma Research at the world renowned Hospital for Sick Children.
You can join Curtis’ Fight Against Neuroblastoma when you make a donation by:
- clicking the DONATE button to give via the secure page on Sick Kids Foundation
- calling 416-813-5320
- sending a cheque payable to Sick Kids Foundation (525 University Avenue 14th Floor, Toronto ON M5G 2L3)
- please specify “Curtis Chow Memorial Fund”
This will be an ongoing effort and a meaningful way to keep Curtis’ memory, his fighting spirit & perseverance, alive with us all. Thank you!