Jack Sullivan's Journal
Three Years already!
Written Dec 3, 2012 12:36pm by Heather sullivanWell December 1, 2012 was 3 years to the day that Jack was diagnosed with the dreadful life changing word....Cancer. It was an emotional day for me as I was getting kids ready for the Christmas light parade and realize where I had been three years prior...Wow. Jack is due for his 6 month check up on the 17th but because we have a church play on the 16th we will be moving his appointment. Another reason is that Taylor's 4th Birthday will be on the 17th and we don't want it associated with anything bad. So we are hoping for the two weeks he is out of school for Christmas. I don't mind being down there during Christmas because Josh is deployed anyhow and we have learned how to adapt our holidays! Jack is doing amazing....aside from his stubbornness at school and not wanting to do his work. Go figure that's Jack. Sorry we have not posted in awhile we have just been really busy with life and sometimes its hard to find the time to sit down and write.So many emotions approach this appointment because we are about a 11/2 out from the second relapse so it is a nerve racking appointment. Plus with Josh being gone it makes decisions tough. We try our hardest not to let this affect our family but sometimes it does and we just work around it.We would like to ask for your prayers and we prepare for this appointment. We know that No weapon formed against us shall prosper and We trust and rely on the Lord for His wisdom and grace. God has been so faithful to us during our journey with Jack. Jack truly is my hero!!! Pray for safe travels as me and the kids head to California before or after his appointment to pick up his brother and sister...also to visit some precious family to us! We thank you all for your many prayers and they are felt! We thank our family for all the support that we couldn't have done this without them...God Bless you all and Have a Merry Christmas....I will update as to when his appointment is for sure so that we can have some extra prayers!!
Relay is TONIGHT
Written Apr 20, 2012 9:41am by Heather sullivanWell Jack is doing great and this is our last push for relay for life!!!! IF you feel compelled to donate any amount will help his fight. Here is a link for his personal page and his team page!!!Jack was also in the paper this last sunday and I will copy the article for you to read and be blessed by his article!!!Editorial: We need more volunteers to inspire usPublished: Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Inspiration is all around.
Whether you are moved by courage in battle, comebacks from adversity, the finest musicians and poets and actors and ballplayers, or simply by the majesty of a sunset, inspiration is easy to find.
Sometimes our neighbors even remind us what’s important and inspire us to make a better world through our actions.
Thank you for that, Jack Sullivan.
Reporter Benna Sayyed re-introduced us to Jack, who turns 6 on Wednesday, with a feature story in Tuesday’s paper.
We first heard about Jack last spring when the Melrose football team thanked him for being a great fan and offered their encouragement.
Readers learned Tuesday that Jack raised about $700 last year for cancer research by painting fish, trees and whatever else interests him. His goal this year is to raise $3,000 for the Melrose Relay for Life, which is scheduled next weekend.
“The money is helping to get my cancer away from me,” Jack said.
For more than two years now, Jack has undergone treatment for ganglioneuroblastoma — a tumor in his nervous system. The condition is diagnosed in about five of 1 million children annually, according to The New York Times Health Guide.
Some of us retreat into our homes when faced with frightening challenges. Jack has become an active part of his community, earning an autographed football and status as an honorary Melrose Buffalo when he’s not busy painting for cancer research.
Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”
That is certainly true when Jack’s around.
As we celebrate National Volunteer Month, and continue our constant search for inspiration, let’s also remember the words of Helen Keller:
“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
If a 6-year-old cancer patient can contribute, we can all do something to make a better community around us.
Written Apr 10, 2012 9:30am by Heather sullivanNext week Jack will be turning 6! I can't believe where the time has gone. December of this year will be 3 years since cancer entered our brains. Our little boy is so full of life and so scary that something lives in his body lurking around the corner. We will be celebrating his birthday party at castle land this year and you all are invited. We will be having it on the 22nd at 2pm. Last year at this time we were preparing his hospital hoedown to send him off in style. We were told that he would need 4 rounds of chemo to start off. Little did we know that God had other plans!!! Once we decided that this cancer would not take a foothold in our lives things changed. Yes we are in another observation period but we also know that at any given moment his scans may change. This is something that we just have to deal with. A year ago this month we were told his cancer came back and our lives changed. Our community rallied behind us and gave us more support that we had ever known. I know as a mom there was nothing like watching my son be sent off by the Melrose football team and told there is nothing tougher than a buff! This is true. Jack has made some amazing friends whom I can't thank enough! The true friendships you find when you are in the midst of a battle are friends that will last a lifetime and I know Jack is very special to many here in Melrose and beyond.This year will be a special treat for Jack because we don't have fear behind his birthday. So for one year he can be a normal kid.Our next round of appointments are set for June 11th. This will be particularly hard since it will be over a year since relapse. Here's to an amazing birthday my love! God has some big plans for you and I can't wait to see you fulfill them!Also Jack made the paper again!!!