In early June of this year our little boy, Riley, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. That 2:00 AM meeting with the doctor sent our family into a whirlwind. The next day was filled with more meetings, lots of visitors, hospital staff, counselors and caseworkers. We can’t even recall all that happened in those first few days, but we do remember someone leaving us with a baby blue tote bag full of all kinds of useful things; everything from information on childhood cancer and telephone numbers, to disinfecting wipes and Chap Stick.
Looking through the bag I thought, “Wow, someone has really thought of everything. ” That someone was the Jay’s HOPE Foundation. We decided to use that bag to carry all the things Riley needs when going for treatments. It carries his medical history along with masks and more disinfecting wipes. It carries everything he needs to fight his battle against cancer, just like Jay’s HOPE helps to carry through this difficult illness. Their personal experiences have given them the knowledge that is needed to help our family with the needs, expected and unexpected, which have arisen during our son’s treatments.
The emotional and financial support they have provided has been irreplaceable. Jay’s HOPE volunteers come and spend time with Riley, making arts and crafts that help to brighten up the hospital visits. They are friends to talk to whenever we need them. Cindy and everyone at Jay’s HOPE give so much of themselves to help the kids and families that cancer has affected and for that we are beyond grateful!
We are very blessed that Riley is doing well with his treatments. He is always singing and running, he has miles of energy and an enormous heart. I truly believe that is because of the care we are able to give him, and that is made possible by the care that Jay’s HOPE gives us, his parents.
Thank you for all of your support,
Raina, Jamie, Jaden and Riley