We wanted to let everyone know that John is now being treated at St. Jude’s Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee. Jesse and Alison flew down with him on Thursday. Aunt Maureen is with them, too, as she is a great resource for all things medical.
Jesse and Alison immediately felt they had made the right decision when they arrived at St. Jude’s Thursday morning. St. Jude’s offers a more aggressive treatment than Boston Children’s, and they have had more success with John’s type of cancer, DIPG. It is reasonable to hope that their care and approach is constantly improving~ and they are seeing good results with their patients.
John’s radiation and chemotherapy will start on Tuesday, and continue for 8 weeks. John will be feeling better within the next couple of weeks, and they will be back home in Gilford by the middle of August.
So many people have reached out to our families. We understand that are lot of things are in the works ~ bracelets for John, fundraisers, a website, a blog, a Facebook page. We are more than appreciative. Right now we’re concentrating on getting John better – but are grateful for all the efforts of our friends and families.
And again, we are in awe of how Jesse and Alison are dealing with this. They truly feel John is an incredible kid and he’s up for this battle. They decided immediately that they would not dwell on how and why, but rather build a foundation of strength and hope. It is their determination to bond together, stay positive and fight this disease. Your kind words, positive thoughts and prayers have meant the world to them and to us.
Please continue to keep the Thompson and Hesko families in your thoughts and prayers,
Brad and Daryl