This November, Julian was your average 5 year old boy. He loved to build sandcastles, play with his monster trucks and Thomas the Tank Engine. He loved to pick flowers and give them to people; he was learning to draw and prayed daily for food to drop down from the sky to feed hungry children.
Then one day, unknown to him and his family, everything changed. He was sick at school. Ordinarily, this might not be a big deal, but over the next few weeks, Julian and his family would come to find that this was a symptom of a brain tumor.
In the last few weeks, instead of getting ready for Christmas, visiting Santa and sharing excited dreams with his 7 year old brother, Nolan, about Christmas morning, Julian has had brain surgery which removed all but a small portion of the tumor which was to close to the brain stem to remove safely. Now it appears there may be cancer in his spinal column.
He will require 55 weeks of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
During this time, Andrea and Richard, his mom and dad, are going to want to spend as much time as possible with him. Instead of leading cubscouts and writing grants, Andrea will be at CHOC (Childrens' Hospital of Orange County). Instead of writing PR for his clients, Richard will be with his son.
Unfortunately, both own their own businesses and cannot rely on paid vacations or other corporate assistance to make up for the lost income they have already begun to experience or the mounting medical bills.
Neither have yet begun to consider the financial burden that will follow the emotional burden they already carry.
Julian is my son, David's, friend and classmate at Lil' Lighthouse Preschool, and seeing what is happening has made me so grateful for what I have this holiday (two healthy, happy boys home with me), but it has also made me want to help this family whose only wish as Richard said to me the other night, is to, "Have his family back together again."
While others work to cure Julian, will you find it in your heart to help his family by pushing the DONATE button below and donating just a few dollars?
The above link will take you to a separate website where the button is live.
Also, please pass this along to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to see if they, too, will help Julian and his family.
Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS.