My Son Has Cancer

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KIND WORDS is a free e-publication I get into my inbox. I admit, I don’t open them all. Who has time? But, when I do, I usually cry. They are fabulous, inspiring short stories about ‘acts of kindness’. They are just marvelous ways for you to a- be reinspired to be that person you always wanted to be who is constantly touched and reminded about the little important stuff and b- teach your children and those you love through sharing the stories. Our children learn morality through many means. The primarily mean, of course, is through role-modelling. After that, stories, legacies, movies, heroes, and songs teach that. Many find morality through boy scouts, karate, or church. Read these entries with your child or to someone you love to get some great material for teaching compassion, empathy, and active social action towards the betterment of others. I strongly recommend them!

What Can I Do?
The author wishes to remain anonymous
Edited by Shmuel Greenbaum
Printed with Permission of Partners in Kindness

When our son Jonathan was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10.5, and during the chemotherapy year that followed, we have seen many acts of kindness. I would like to tell you about his class PTA.

First, they appointed a liaison Mom. She would call me every fortnight or so to ask if I needed anything. Do I want her to watch Jonathan while I went on errands? Do I want her to take me out to the movies? Should she go to the pharmacy for me? Do I want to come over for coffee? Can she invite herself for coffee? She would bring the cookies.Being an independent kind of person, unused to asking for help, I politely declined most of the offers (except the coffee-klatches, which I loved). But there was one time I asked for her assistance.

Jonathan’s 11th birthday was approaching and he wanted to invite his classmates and other friends to a Morning Safari in the Ramat-Gan Safari Zoo. It is something I had done with him when he was younger: you arrive at the zoo at 6 a.m. to join a group, and they let you backstage while the zoo is still closed for visitors: feeding the animals, going into some of the cages, explanations by the guide and all kinds of fun activities for kids. With 30-odd children in his class it was going to be an expensive birthday but we decided to grant that wish.

I had my hands full at the time, so I asked the liaison mom, could she please call the Safari Zoo for me and find out about available dates, and get a price quote for a group of about 40 people? I gave her the time period in which the oncologist said there would be a lull in treatments so Jonathan would be feeling better. She said no problem, she’d take care of it.And this is what the parents of our son’s classmates did: they coordinated the date, and paid for a Morning Safari tour for the class, escorting parents, 5 other friends Jonathan wanted to invite, and our family including grandpa and grandma (the Zoo gave them a reduction when they heard what it was about).

At the end of the tour they organized a birthday party right there at the zoo, and brought all the food and drinks and decorations and balloons and a huge pile of presents. All we had to do was bring the birthday cake, and they would have baked the birthday cake if I hadn’t rebelled. It was a wonderful day for everyone and the kid just could not stop smiling.Jonathan is now considered a cancer survivor. He will be turning 18 in November.

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