Would your kids be interested in making some art for a little boy who could use some smiles? Friends of seven year-old Joey are trying to get lots of cards and pictures for his hospital room.
Note: The following letter is from the family organizing this card drive. While I do not know Joey’s family, I have known the mother who wrote this letter for many years through an online homeschooling group. You can follow Joey’s progress online here.
Attached is a picture of Joey pre-diagnosis and then after his surgery. He is 7 years old. Three weeks ago he was able to fully participate in an one hour gym class. He started experiencing some vomiting and a couple of other symptoms. His mom and dad took him to the doctor, they thought it was a virus going around. He didn’t get better, then he couldn’t walk. Fast forward three weeks, and they found out he has a brain tumor on his brain stem and going down his spine. The cancer he has is so aggressive it can double in size in 24 hours. He has emergency surgery. The doctors are able to remove 98% from his brain stem, but the masses going down his spine are inoperable. He is scheduled for radiation for 5x a week for the next 6 weeks, with chemo. Joey is fighting for his life. He has a long road ahead of him. His family’s only request has been prayers for Joey.My children are friends of Joey. They are wanting to do something that will help Joey through this time. That is where TEAM JOEY has come from. Together we can let Joey and his parents know that Joey is NOT ALONE, that there are people everyday praying for Joey, that people are thinking about Joey and that Joey has a TEAM of people supporting him and his recovery.So here is the request. Will you please consider sending a card or a quick note to Joey with get well wishes? Do you have children who enjoy drawing? Will you have them make Joey a card. Will you ask your family, friends, neighbors, churches, etc and collect the cards to mail for Joey? If you would like please include a 4 x 6 photo of yourself, family, and/or children. We will be putting together a scrapbook for Joey so that he can look at the pictures of all the people are thinking and praying for him. On the back of your cards, please put your city and state. If your children are drawing pictures please put your children’s names and ages too.Please consider this request, it would mean alot to my children, but it would mean the world to Joey and his family. Please mail your cards, notes, postcards, drawings, pictures, etc to:TEAM JOEY
11715 Fox Road, STE 400-124
Indianapolis, IN. 46236