Little Act of Kindness that Means SO Much


chase-ipodToday I was doing some research online as per usual, and, as so often happens, came across a very relevant video about a young boy with Childhood Cancer and a store manager who made a world of a difference just by caring…

It is these small Acts of Kindness that total strangers do that make all the difference…

…to someone who may not have that much to look forward to other than pain…

… or someone who is lonely and just needs someone to show that others do care about them…

… in this case it is a Child with Cancer, and strangers who just felt that they wanted to do something to help.

It is the story of a Manager who did what was within his power to do to help. Neither the Associate nor the Manager had the slightest clue just how much this gift meant to the recipient.

We share the mother’s comments here…

Please share. Today my kids and I were in the Apple Store at La Encantada in Tucson, Az. My son Chase was at one of the tables working on his homework while I talked to one of the Apple associates. In the corner of my eye I noticed an associate named Vicki (shown right in the picture) speaking to Chase and I thought it was so nice she took the time to chat with him.

I did not think much of it but later when I was talking to the other apple associate the manager Jason Greer (shown left in the picture) came up and said ‘excuse me’ at the time I thought he needed to talk to the associate that I was speaking with so I said ‘thank you for your help’ and prepared to leave.”

justin-chase-vicki“Then the manager said, ‘I was actually hoping to speak with you.’

I was caught off guard and as a mother of two I hoped he would not say that my children had touched something they shouldn’t have. Jason told me that Vicki came to the back to find him in tears to tell him about my son Chase.

She said that she was asking Chase about what he was doing and Chase said, ‘Oh I am working on my homework. I am in 1st grade and I should be in second grade but I was in the hospital for a year because I have brain cancer and I really want to make sure I make it to second grade next year.’”

“Jason said that it is stories like Chase’s that make him love his job because they love to make a difference. He asked if he could give Chase something, I was still in shock and said of course. He handed an iPod Nano to Vicki for her to give to Chase. She was still teary eyed as she handed the Nano to Chase. Chase is super shy so he gently said, ‘thank you.’

What they did not know is that Chase is OBSESSED with time, it is one of the ways he copes with the anxiety issues he has from his ‘hospital life.’ It is his way of knowing what will come next. In addition he loves music (Queen is his current favorite).”

“Chase has spent ALL night checking the time on his Nano and singing ‘We Will Rock You.’ They absolutely made his week!!!!”

Please share this heartwarming story and help ensure that it gets back to Jason and Vicki!

 

 

At only two years of age, Chase was diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma (CPC), a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Choroid plexus brain tumors arise from the choroid plexus, tissue located in the spaces of the brain called ventricles. This tissue makes cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

Chase has gone through a lot, including Surgery, 6 months of Chemotherapy and 2 months of Radiation Therapy. After treatment he was so happy to go back to being a kid. He started school, made friends and endeared himself to many. Chase is sweet and funny and is loved beyond words. He was 2 years out of treatment when doctors found another tumour.

Now he continues to battle this terrible disease while trying to live life just as any other child at his age.

Following the links as one does when doing research, I had a look at the Facebook Page, Pray for Chase, and have taken the liberty of including some of his mother’s writings on this post, as nothing is more powerful or heart-rending than hearing about Childhood Cancer from a parent…

Pediatric Cancer is more than beautiful bald children with huge smiles…

…It is a child literally loosing all their color because they are wiped out from chemotherapy…

…It is watching the pink disappear from their checks…

…it is watching dark circles grow with each passing day under their eyes…

…It is watching their skin turn grey…

…It is feeding tubes, leaking NG tubes that smell like bile, gagging…

…it is waking up in the middle of the night to change out their feeding formula…

…it is thin legs with little muscle…

…It is carrying them to the bathroom…no matter their age..because they don’t have the strength to walk…

…it is tears because they can’t eat… 

…it is tummy aches…

…it is sores that begin in their mouth and run through their throat and stomach…

…It is not talking because the pain from the mouth sores make it to painful to talk…

 

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Cancer is more than just beautiful bald children with huge smiles…

…it is pain, fatigue, dark under eye circles, pale skin, loosing so much weight they are literally skin and bones.

It is feeling so horrible that all you want to do is curl up in your moms robe and hope to get comfortable long enough to sleep.

 

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Childhood cancer is…

It is singing alone in your room with only your stuffed animals to call your friends.

It is so many machines and tubes that going to the bathroom means unhooking and unplugging countless wires and dragging your IV pole behind you.

It is being so tired all the time that simply being a child is exhausting

It is endless pokes, pain, sedation and doctors visits.

The battle does not end when they are through with treatment.

The battle continues everyday in trying to learn to be a child again…

…it is trusting that not everyone you meet will hurt you…

…it is long-term neuro cognitive and physical side affects…

…it is never truly being able to be out of a doctor’s care…

…it is wondering why your life is different from your friends…

…it is feeling different…

…It is anxiety and worry and learning to trust again.

 

 

It is the last day of September and so passes another Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Yet, to our family Childhood Cancer Awareness is 24/7.

Childhood cancer is…

A child stuck in a small hospital room for months on end. They can’t leave their room, not even for a walk in the hallway because the risk of infection is to great.

It is a child staring out the window for hours wishing they could be outside.

It is missing summer, spring, fall, and winter and not knowing what the weather is like outside because it has been so long since the wind has hit your face or the sun has warmed your hair.

It is begging to go outside, begging for just a few moments of freedom…begging to go home to their own bed.

Please continue to pray for all of the amazing children who fight this battle everyday!

 

 

Team LFCT send Love, Light, Healing & Strength to Chase and his Family, including his sibling warrior, Emma. 

 

Brain Cancer Warrior

 

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 15 December, 2016, in Blog, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on Knitting Rays of Hope and commented:
    Found this wonderful and inspirational and just was compelled to share. Little Act of Kindness that Means SO Much

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