Tucker giving his mom (Trista) a big kiss at one of his visit's at the hospital....
Tucker will be turning 16 in just a few weeks, and each birthday for him is received with such special thankfulness....
This past Sunday, Tucker boarded a big Motor coach bus from the parking lot of Children's Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was headed out to attend his "Senior" week at Camp Esperanza!!
Tucker, here with his good friend Jake.....as they wait to load on the bus. Jake attends the same High School as Tucker. Jake was diagnosed with Leukemia about a year after Tucker. They have a bond that only the two of them can share. Both of these fine young men, know what it's like to fight for your life.
Jake and Tucker have been huge Blessings to one another!!
Camp John Marc has hosted "Camp Esperanza for almost 25 years now. At this camp, kids with cancer and those who remain in remission, are encouraged to rise above their disease, as they are encouraged to achieve a positive outlook on life.
Beads of Courage!
Tucker was diagnosed with Leukemia, just 4 days after he turned 8 years old. Here he is with Sister (Shanda) as she was a his 2nd grade teacher at the time.
There were many, many days when he was so sick, he could barely stand up......his weight loss was extreme. Again....pictured with Shanda.....her heart was so touched by this child.....her student, and her precious nephew!
Always acting goofy......This was a norm for him as he tried so desperately not feel the pain of looking and being so different from the other kids that were his age...
Some fun times for Tuck.......the only problem was that he had to go to a private bowling alley to enjoy this fun time. Most of the time, his counts were so low that he could not be in the public areas.....especially during cold and flu seasons.
Did you know that a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes?
Cancer treatments can be very hard on a child's body....some of the long term side effects include hearing loss, chronic illnesses, diabetes, neuropathy, eye sight problems and even fertility issues..
Many physical disabilities often results for survivors. Often, these kids have difficulties in being able to participate in social activities, school activities, and in some cases, they deal with depression and feelings of isolation.
As I said.....Tucker is now a Senior at the camp...(his last year to attend) and they have so much planned for Seniors...
A Senior dinner party and formal night, along with a graduation ceremony. Aside from these special events, the camp also offers:
Cook outs, Scavenger hunts, Volleyball, Archery, Horse riding, Basketball, Zip Lining, arts...crafts...and pottery.
they also have......Photography, cooking classes, a climbing tower, Swimming, fishing, Kayaking, Paddle boats, and so much more!!
When Tucker turns 18, he will be invited back to be a counselor at the camp....What a great and special opportunity it will be to, be able to give back to a camp that truly was a positive influence in his life.
Although he can no longer play football, baseball or any other type of contact ball......He is a avid Golf player....and he is very good. He is also a very good student and an officer in the FFA program at school. I believe that he has a bright future ahead of him....
He is such a handsome young man and he loves the Lord... I can not wait to see what God does in his life.... I know there are some really big plans!!
Hugs to each of you......thanks for letting me share...
CHILDREN WITH CANCER ARE LIKE CANDLES IN THEWIND WHO ACCEPT THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY ARE
IN DANGER OF BEING EXTINGUISHED BY A GUST OF
WIND FROM NOWHERE, AND YET, AS THEY FLICKER
AND DANCE TO REMAIN ALIVE, THEIR BRILLIANCE
CHALLENGES THE DARKNESS AND DAZZLES THOSE OF
US WHO WATCH THEIR LIGHT...........