We were late catching this story but a friend sent it to Twines & Vines and I wanted to post it. Best wishes go out to Jack from Twines & Vines and all of our readers and fans in the I.S.L. We may root against M/A on game day, but not on stuff like this.
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From the Milton Patch:
As part of a large family support network for her cousin Jack, Laura Will is running the Falmouth Road Race for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team.
Milton resident Laura Will has a tough and determined younger cousin. Jack, a 12-year-old entering seventh grade at Milton Academy, is still laughing and joking through a trying battle with Osteosarcoma, a malignant bone tumor that usually develops during a teen’s rapid growth.
With the support of his family and friends, Jack is in the middle of a 40-week cycle of aggressive chemotherapy that started in February and is expected to conclude this December.
“Forty weeks, for a 12 year old, is forever,” said Will.
Since Jack was born, the two have had a tight bond. Jack is the first infant Will, now 25, remembers holding and the first kid she babysat. As Jack got older, and developed a knack for tennis, his college tennis-playing cousin would play with him and provide coaching.
Will said Jack has a great sense of humor and has seen most P-13 rated comedy released in his lifetime.
“He’s all humor, all day,” she said.
With that humor, even through a tough time, Jack plans to pen a book of original jokes for the Jimmy Fund floor.
Prior to his diagnosis, Jack was experiencing knee pain he chalked up to athletic aches from tennis. A check up with the doctor determined it was much more, a benign tumor.
A follow-up appointment after the growth was removed, showed the tumor had returned and this time was malignant.
Since February, Jack has been receiving outpatient care, getting most of his IV’s and other medication at his Milton home.
“It’s a higher degree of coordination of care, but it’s so much better,” Will said.
The exception is his Thursday trips to the Dana Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center for chemotherapy.