Vancouver, B.C. - A member of the Vancouver Basketball Community needs your help. Jonah Shankar was an athlete from the Carihi Tyees of Campbell River. Leading the Tyees to a second place finish in the 3A Division on Vancouver Island last year, Jonah was named the Best Defensive Player of the tournament and on the First All-Star Team. The Tyees narrowly lost their opening game at the 3A Provincial Championships against the eventual Champion South Kamloops Titans 58-51, where Jonah led the team with 17 points.
Fast forward a few months and just days before his graduation Jonah was struck with a severe headache, loss of balance, and sudden numbness which hospitalized him. It was there that doctors discovered a rare inoperable, life threatening tumour in his brainstem.
Jonah has been battling ever since, completing brain biopsies, chemotherapy and radiation. Having explored all medical options in Canada, Jonah and his family opened their search to treatments around the world. On September 6th, 2018 Jonah was approved for treatment in London, England, and since this treatment is not covered by Canadian Health Care, total costs can exceed $350,000. To this day Jonah continues fight all while completing online coursework at UVic where he was slated to start his pursuit of a Software Engineering degree this fall. Supported strongly by his family, friends and community the current fundraising total stands at $320,516 of the $350,000 target.
To support Jonah in his fight you can donate to his Go Fund Me Page.
For updates on Jonah and his battle with cancer you can visit his family page.