The Story of Jay’s Hope
Our Baby Jay was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor called Medulloblastoma. Seeking the best treatment for Jay and his type of tumor, we made the tough decision to separate the family. Jay, myself and baby on the way moved to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Daddy and big sister stayed behind in Macon, GA. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop when your child gets sick. Work, school, bills and other responsibilities don’t just go away. Thankfully, our family had a huge support system. I always had a friend or family member with me to help with the baby so I could focus on Jay and his medical needs. Jason and big sister had home-cooked meals, help with laundry and childcare after school. Several fundraisers and love offerings through our church provided much needed help with travel expenses back and forth to Memphis. The many burdens that the cancer battle caused were taken care of so we could direct our focus to Jay and our family.
During our three-year battle with childhood cancer, we meet so many families. There were single moms who were alone with all their kids in tow. Working families where a parent had to step away from work due to the hectic treatment schedule and hospitalizations. While sitting in the waiting rooms, we would hear stories of families losing their homes, struggling to keep their electricity on, worried about paying for medications not covered by insurance or how they were going to put gas in the car. Jason and I realized very quickly that we were in the minority with the support we were receiving. We knew that God was calling us to give back.
As you can see, the vision of Jay’s HOPE began right in the midst of our battle. While we honor the memory of our precious Jay, the Jay’s HOPE mission was inspired by the stories of others. We were called to stand in the gap, give direct support, relieve burdens and share the HOPE of Jesus Christ. Jay’s HOPE wants to make a difference now in the lives of children with cancer and their families. We appreciate your partnership, time, giving and most of all your prayers. We couldn’t do it without you!