Oh me oh my, what can I say about this incredible little guy? This week I want you all to meet Christopher. Christopher is one of our patients in Salon Mango (the cancer room) and someone who I have grown to love over the past few months.
Christopher has leukemia and as if that isn’t a struggle it self, his mom isn’t really in the picture and his dad works and frankly cannot be at the hospital 24/7 because he still has to support his family. Basically what I’m saying is that Christopher has a level of independence and maturity that I have never seen in another 10-year-old, especially to handle something like cancer. The St. Damien’s staff has really taken a liking to Christopher too and even though his dad can’t be there all of the time, Christopher knows he has a lot of people who love him and are keeping an eye on him.
Christopher and I have spent a lot of time together, talking, playing, listening to music, you name it. Sometimes though when his chemo really knocks him down all he can do is lay in bed and listen to stories I make up about whatever comes to mind that day. He just wants someone there, you know? One day we were chatting about Christopher’s future and he told me he wants to be a doctor. He wants to be a doctor to come up with a medicine that completely cures cancer so other kids don’t have to go through with what he went through. He was very passionate and lively about this even though he was pretty groggy from his med’s that day. I was blown away and really just inspired that a child has so much passion for live and so many aspirations at such a young age and I really hope he achieves all he wants and then some!
He always has a smile on his face, even if it is just a little smirk. He loves watching soccer and listening to music. He loves just being a kid and he tries to play and have fun even if he is in Salon Mango for long periods of time.
I really just hope and pray that he beats his cancer and goes on to accomplish his goals. He has so much life ahead of him, so many adventures, and cancer shouldn’t be the winner in this battle.
Contributed by Avriel Burlot, NPH Haiti Communication Specialist