Sacramento, CA – Jon is an extraordinary teenager with an extremely positive outlook on life. This amazing kid is very bright and at school, most enjoys studying history and math. In his free time, Jon loves playing video games, working with origami and watching any movie starring his favorite funnyman, Jim Carrey. Jon also enjoys collecting model cars and cooking. While in many ways, Jon is a typical teen, there is something that he struggles with every day that most kids his age don’t: Jon is fighting cancer.
In February of 2008, Jon was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer. The cells that form this cancer can often break away from the main tumor and spread to other bones, lungs or other internal organs. Jon’s tumor developed below his knee and unfortunately, doctors were recently forced to amputate his leg. He will also be undergoing some very intense chemotherapy treatments.
Tara, Jon’s mother, learned about an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses called Kids Wish Network through a social worker at the hospital where Jon receives treatment. Once Jon was approved for a wish with the charity, his Wish Coordinator, Vanessa, popped the big questions: What did he want most for his wish.
Jon knew right away: he wanted his very own laptop computer. With his own computer, Jon could play games, surf the Internet and stay in touch with friends; it would definitely provide a welcome diversion for him.
Vanessa got right to work. She contacted the local Lion’s Club whose members in turn contacted Staples, where the manager was happy to jump on board. Everyone was eager to help and before long, Jon’s laptop was on its way. Ed Valencia from The Lion’s Club personally delivered the computer to Jon in the hospital.
Tara said that the computer arrived the day before Jon’s surgery to remove his leg. “It was really good timing. He was anxious that day and it was a really good distraction for him.” It’s definitely been keeping him busy since his operation. “He’s been playing games, surfing the Internet and talking with his friends.” The Lion’s Club is also working on getting John a year’s worth of free Internet service.
Of the surgery, Tara said Jon is doing great. “He’s dealing with it really well.” She said he also surprised the staff at the hospital by surpassing all of his rehabilitation goals so quickly. “He’s really inspiring.”
Tara was thankful to everyone who got involved and to Kids Wish Network for making it all happen. “I’m so grateful. What a great organization! It’s so nice to have someone bring you some happiness when you need it!”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank The Lion’s Club and Staples for helping to make Jon’s wish come true!
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org