HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION
In 2007, Blain met with a friend who was a mortgage broker. Blain and his wife Kristin wanted to take a loan out from equity built up in their home to purchase a physio therapy system that they had learned about that helps people living with Cystic Fibrosis. The physio system was almost $20,000. Three times a day Blain and Kristin would sit with their young son and help him inhale medicine for 30 minutes. They would then manually pat their son Jack on his chest and back for 30 minutes to help him clear his lungs from mucus.
The physio system would allow Jack independence in doing his physiotherapy by himself and do it consistently and effectively. The friend asked for a few days to find the best rate of loan. A couple days went by and the Davis' started to wonder if they were going to be able to get the loan to purchase the device.
On the 4th day after their meeting the door bell rang, it was a delivery. A large box sat in the middle of the living room. In it was the physio system. Their friend has contacted friends, family and strangers to raise the money to buy the system. This is the story that has inspired Blain to found "The Jack Davis Hope Foundation". As loved ones and strangers rallied around Blain's family to help his son, his hope together with like minded friends is to help as many others as he can.
MEET JACK DAVIS
Jack is an active 13 year old who plays soccer, enjoys long boarding and hanging out with his friends. When Jack was an infant he was ill quite often and his parents struggled to find a reason why. At the age of 8 months, Jack almost died from complications from a disease he was not yet diagnosed with - Cystic Fibrosis or CF. Cystic Fibrosis is a multi organ disease which attacks primarily the lungs and digestive system. Once doctors figured out what in fact Jacks disease was, they were able to treat him and he began to respond positively to treatment. Jack takes many pills daily to help digest his meals and does physio therapy 3 times a day to help clear thick mucus from his lungs.
Jack is known for his big smile and even bigger personality.
THE RELUCTANT RUN
On the morning of November 1st 2007, Blain Davis sat at a checkpoint, head buried in his hands, feet pulsating, and on the verge of tears. He had run almost 175 km through the Sahara desert and still had 75 km to go.
One year prior, he had read an article and decided this was somehow a good idea for a fundraiser. In that year he would run as many hours as he could, face the destruction of his home being burned to the ground by an arsonist just 2 months prior and the hard choice whether to even participate in this race.
Blain was destined to run no matter what. Shortly after the birth of his son Jack, he would twice be told to pick him up and literally run for his life. “Dad, I need you to listen. Dad do you hear me? I need you to pick up your son and follow me. I need to you run. I need you to run now.” After almost losing their son, Blain and his wife Kristin would be sat down by the ICU doctor who would tell them that their baby had a disease called Cystic Fibrosis. They would learn that Cystic Fibrosis (CF) was a lung disease that would attack their son’s body.
As a father, Blain would decide that he needed to do something to fight for his son’s life. In his words, “I chose running because I wasn’t good at it. In fact I hated running – I still do. I wanted to do something that didn’t come easy, that was hard and as strange as it sounds – hurt. I’ve chosen to take the doctors orders literally and run for my sons life".
Sitting back in the Sahara desert, he would get up off the checkpoint stool and put one foot in front of the other and finish the race.
In the years to follow Blain has taken up the task of what he calls the “reluctant run” having raised $100,000 for CF. He still doesn’t enjoy running and is waiting for that infamous runners high. He has since added the finish lines of the Gobi March, Atacama Crossing, Grande Canyon and Jordan deserts - all 250+ km races.
Blain was inspired by his son Jack with the help of friends to start a foundation that would come along families who struggle to provide the care that their children living with disease need.