It’s been a hard week for me and for lots of people in Harleysville because we had to say “see you later” to our friend Jaxson. The green balloons on our mailbox were hanging down and looking sad so we removed them. Lots of green ribbons remain on the lampposts and mailboxes in town. They will fade but our memories won’t.
My favorite memory from working with Jaxson at the blood drive and riding the golf cart in the Harleysville parade are that he’s fun and funny. He’s not shy about speaking his mind when he wants you to give your blood or money to help cancer kids.
My favorite memory from Jaxson’s funeral was that he was married twice and divorced once, I also liked when his mother-in-law stood up to talk about him. Those are just a few memories that will make me smile when he crosses my mind.
I’m going to keep saying his name and I’m going to let his mom know that I miss him when he’s not at the blood drives or in the parade anymore. Instead of just feeling bad that we took the balloons down, I’m feeling glad because I placed an envelope inside that will improve the lives of other kids with cancer. I decided to sponsor a cancer-kid and their family every year at camp Sunshine in Maine. I’ve never been to camp Sunshine but Jaxson and some of my other cancer friends have.
They all had fun and a much needed break at camp. There are doctors and nurses and other kids that “get it” there. I’ll be sending a check to Camp Sunshine each year. I love to improve the lives of kids with cancer and I’m proud of the support this community gives me, and my Peter Powerhouse Foundation.
Someday, I’ll see you in Heaven, Jaxson but until then it’s my honor to bring joy to another child in your memory!