James' Wish Is For A Backyard Playset!
"Cancer touches so many people in our society, yet one never expects it to hit so close to home. My son, James was diagnosed with Leukemia on 9/10/2019, just two weeks shy of his second birthday. Most people describe James as having a strong personality, fearless and constantly joyful. His laugh can brighten anyones' day. He enjoys playing with hi older cousins and friends, but most of all he enjoys being with his big brother Aiden. Aiden is 5 years old and due to his special needs (autism spectrum, non-verbal and epileptic) it is difficult to bring him to the hospital to visit his little brother. One of the hardest parts of the diagnoses is all the time that they spent apart. James spends a lot of time in the hospital, but as soon as he sees his brother again, it doesn't matter in how much pain he's in, he immediately gets excited and smiles at his big brother. I want James to have the best quality of life possible, despite this terrible disease. Due to his compromised immune system, this isn't always possible, especially during the pandemic we are facing. One of James and Aiden's favorite things to do is play outdoors and at the playground. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, James' compromised immune system makes it impossible to pay outdoors and in the community. They would love having an outdoor play set or swing set to have in our yard. This will allow them to be able to spend their free time bonding and dong something they love.
Despite this difficult experience my family has been going through, we are fortunate that James can receive the treatment and care he needs. However, due to the long hours it takes to care for him, I have been out of work since his diagnosis. Right now we only rely on my husbands income, which is not enough to cover all of our expenses. It is a very stressful situation, finding yourself caring for a sick child, another child with special needs and to also not make enough money to make ends meet. Your donation will make a big difference in our lives as it will relieve some of the pressures that my family is facing.
— Mom, Caroline
James – 2.5 years old
From – Cranston, RI
Illness – Leukemia