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St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer - Tampa, FL

Walter's Warriors

About Walter's Warriors

Walter's Warriors was formed in memory of Walter Gilbreath, a St. Jude patient and cancer survivor.

Walter was born December 27, 1969 and was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2. He was a test patient for a new treatment developed by Doctor Gaston Rivera. After years of treatment at St. Jude,Walter won his battle when he went into remission at the age of 15.

Walter went on to live a full life surrounded by family and many friends. He volunteered as a fireman and rescue worker for over 20 years with WRES, Waldens Ridges Emergency Service in Signal Mountain, TN. He worked as a juvenile corrections officer for 15 years in Hamilton County, Tennessee. In late 2011, after 25 years in remission, Walter learned that he, once again, had cancer. And, once again, he defeated it!

We walk in memory of Walter Gilbreath; he passed away in 2013 at the age of 43 from complications due to pneumonia. His funeral was attended by firemen, officers and judges. He was honored during the procession by fire trucks and rescue vehicles, and with police officers from multiple jurisdictions all along the route.

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