I have four children and Adam was always my healthiest. In October 2016, he started coming home really tired with headaches. After a couple weeks, his legs started aching and he began running a fever. We thought it was the flu, but when a rash developed we decided to take him to the emergency room. After some blood work, we were rushed from our hometown of Tifton to the pediatric intensive care unit in Macon. I knew in my gut something was terribly wrong.
On November 8, Adam’s dad and I were sitting across from the doctor hearing that our son had leukemia. You hear the word “cancer” and your world stops spinning, then you are thrown into another world of medical lingo that you come to know well…and that few others can relate to. We met the ladies from Jay’s HOPE on our first visit to the pediatric oncology office. I suddenly knew that I wasn’t alone and we wouldn’t be from that moment forward.
Since then, Jay’s HOPE has stepped up in so many ways to relieve the financial burden brought about from this diagnosis. We travel nearly two hundred miles round trip, almost every week, to get Adam to treatment. Jay’s HOPE has helped us with gas and meal cards and free housing in their apartment so that my family, who is so often apart now, can be together during school breaks.
What really makes a difference is the emotional support they offer: the surprise visits at the hospital, the birthday cupcakes and gifts, the coke icees and hot chips (some of Adam’s favorites!), and the genuine love that is shown to all of our family, not just Adam. We can never truly express what this means to us.
The Jay’s HOPE family is amazing. We have come to love each of the wonderful people involved with this organization. I cannot imagine what this battle would be like without their love and support. I can say with complete certainty that God placed us on this path for a reason and that Jay’s HOPE coming to us is a true gift.
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