There’s a little boy who lives here in Erie County. His name is Jack. He is three-years-old and he’s fighting for his life. Jack Sunberg is battling Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)– the worst brain cancer known to mankind.
GBM is the devil and I know the devil firsthand. My dear friend and former colleague, Cathy Higgins, has been battling GBM for six months now. Cath’s doing much better after significant weeks of radiation, immeasurable amounts of chemo and clinical trial drugs, and thanks to the love and care of her medical team at the Cleveland Clinic she seems to be improving. Her tumor has even shrunk somewhat. The devil won’t take her soul. Not today.
Jack isn’t faring as well. His tumor is inoperable. His selfless and loving parents, Craig and Megan, are doing everything in their power to provide Jack with one more fun-filled holiday, one more chance to smell the spring flowers, one more chance to feel the hot, Erie sun on his face this summer.
I never birthed my own babies (mine came to me through marriage), so I can’t even begin to imagine what this family is going through at this horrific time. Yet, this week, the Sunberg’s sent in their membership renewal to WQLN — their pledge of financial support to help ensure that Jack’s favorite PBS programs stay on the air for him and other kids. Then this morning, after I wiggled the toes, I awoke to a message in my inbox. It was from Jack’s dad, Craig. In the email, Craig prayed for me. Prayed for me in my battle against M.S. ! He prayed for Cathy in her battle against GBM. And, he updated us on Jack’s latest progress. The Sunbergs are special, unique individuals, deserving of our love and support.
So, today, I want you to learn about Jack. I want you to educate yourself about glioblastoma. I want you to visit the events page on Jackie’s website and plan to attend a fundraiser for the family: www.jacksbattle.com.
Today, I want you to pray for the Sundbergs. Today, make time to pray for Jack.