This is Josiah. He is 2 1/2 years old.

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When we met him, he had just been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in nerve tissue.

josiahs-gift-11We learned that his mother had already been incapacitated by a serious illness and his grandmother was struggling to pick up the pieces.

josiahs-gift-2She told us that Josiah was an unusually bright child, and she was worried about how his active mind would endure the long, difficult treatments.

josiahs-gift-15We told her about Team Summer and how Summer wanted to give Josiah a gift. We asked her if she could think of anything that might help. She told us that she had heard of a new educational toy called a LeapPad. Without hesitating, we told her we would have one for Josiah in the morning.

josiahs-gift-5But we quickly learned that that was not going to be an easy promise to keep! Team Summer volunteers fanned across the city in search of one.

josiahs-gift-21Store clerks laughed at them. It was just before Christmas and LeapPads had sold out weeks ago.

josiahs-gift-20But we left no stone unturned! Finally, at 1:26am, SCORE!

josiahs-gift-23Team Summer delivered the LeapPad to Josiah as promised. Josiah was overjoyed!

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josiahs-gift-4His grandmother was overwhelmed.

josiahs-gift-10Summer, recovering from her last chemo treatment, joined by phone.

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Now this sharp little boy has something all his own, something he can carry with him through what is to come!

josiahs-gift-8Thanks to all of you who support Team Summer!

 

 

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