When Jackson was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011, the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted his family to ask if he had a wish they could fulfill. He was truly wise and selfless beyond his years. He told them that he had everything he wanted in life. Instead, he wanted to help raise money to allow another child battling a serious illness to fulfill a wish. Jackson was just 10 years old when he passed away in June 2012.
Beyond May 4 prizes, I'm hoping you'll support his local Make-A-Wish chapter to give a child a glimpse of what life can hold besides medical treatments and worry. I believe that a Make-A-Wish experience can change everything for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
Please help by contributing any amount you can - $12, $24, $50 or even more. Every dollar helps Make-A-Wish kids renew their courage and find a turning point in their lives. Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference to Make-A-Wish and the thousands of eligible children waiting for their wish experience. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up to help Make-A-Wish fulfill a life-changing wish for a child battling a serious illness.
Jackson's memory has inspired previous fundraising efforts that have raised $200,000 for childhood cancer research. This particular effort means so much because it directly benefits a charity that he personally supported, and also furthers the wish of a child from his local area.
In his everlasting words: "Thank you, Fight On."
Every day. That's how often I think about Jackson. I think about who he was, and who he should be today. I think about his everlasting legacy on pediatric cancer research. And, more than anything, I wish he was here to see the incredible difference we've made.
Every fundraising effort that I've spearheaded is guided and inspired by his memory and the promise of a research breakthrough.
There's a high school that I pass every day on my way to work. To most drivers on the road, the school is more of a nuisance because it lowers the posted speed limit on the road from 45 miles per hour down to 15 miles per hour until 8:30 a.m. But traveling at that pace for the half-mile distance in front of the school allows for more than a passing glance.
It allows me the chance to see the 9th graders exit the bus and enter the school.I've often thought about Jackson when the scene unfolds as I pass the school. He should be in 9th grade. He should be with his friends after school. He should be preparing for a year-end school dance.
But he isn't doing any of those things because of cancer. By supporting the Make A Wish fundraiser, you will be making an incredible difference in the life of a child -- in Jax's honor.
If you're able, I hope you'll make a donation to further his incredible legacy. Thank you, Fight On.
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