This is Jack. For those of you who might have missed my previous posts about this angel boy or for those of you whom I have more recently come to know, Jack is a nine and a half year old boy who has been living with cancer, neuroblastoma, for far too many years of his life. For those of you who took Jack into your own hearts at first sight, thank you. Your thoughts and prayers and encouragement for Jack's mothers have helped to hold them up when all they wanted to do was melt into a puddle on the ground beneath their own feet. First diagnosed at age three and then again, at age eight, Jack has fought a battle that most of us will never have to endure in an entire lifetime.(God willing.) Whenever I say that I am fighting the good fight, this amazing young angel shows up in my mind's eye and gives me the power to fight even harder. For HE has truly fought and continues to fight, The Good Fight. He has done so with bravery and resilience and more courage than I could ever begin to even claim to have. He has done so with a love for life that far too many healthy individuals take for granted even on their best days. He has done so with a heart so huge that it humbles me to know that it can still fit within his tiny, cancer ravaged body.
Last week, Jen brought Jack and Kate(her sweet six and a half year old) out to California. And although we did not have nearly enough time together, I understand that Jack's days are precious and that there was a huge amount that they wanted to pack into a four day trip. Thankfully, we were able to see them for two of those days.
I am so tired. I am punch-drunk on love. I am emotionally spent. And I am grateful, so gosh-darn grateful to have been able to share these precious moments with this boy, our boy. Your boy. I can guarantee you, part of your heart will be his, too. He is that incredibly special.
There will definitely be another "Jack" post to follow very soon, more pictures to share. In the meantime, feel free to stop by Jack's website and when you do, please leave a note of encouragement, prayer, love, support, or even just a hello for this beautiful family. They need all of the kindness that they can get right now, but also, you will find out what it is like to be truly touched by an angel. The earthly kind. For underneath all of the sadness, there is grace. So much grace. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/campjack
With so much love,