When a child receives a cancer diagnosis, the child’s entire community feels the weight and burden of the uncertainty that awaits.
Many times, we feel an intense desire to help mingled with feelings of utter helplessness. While we can’t take the burden away entirely, we wish to lighten the load.
When a fifth-grade boy named Jackson was diagnosed with bone cancer, his classmates wanted to find a way to help.
The students, from Park Lane Elementary in Sandy, Utah, decided to offer Jackson a song of encouragement that he could view over and over again, whether from a hospital bed, during a cancer treatment or from his own home.
A Park Lake Elementary school parent explained what was on the student’s hearts when they prepared the song for Jackson.
“My daughter came home from school saying one of the kids in her class has bone cancer,” the parent told KSL-TV. “She was really heartbroken.”
“All the kids wanted to do something special, so they put together this video of them singing ‘Fight Song‘ by Rachel Platten, but with their own twist to make it special for Jackson.”
Dozens of students came together to sing, changing some of the lyrics to make the tune personalized to Jackson’s fight.
“We may only be small kids. But we can help you, Jackson,” they sang.
The kids took turns holding up posters and incorporating some dance moves into their song, encouraging their classmate to remain in good spirits and continue the fight.
While little is known about the boy or his family at this time, families watching the video empathize with all they must be going through.
A diagnosis like Jackson’s could sideswipe any of us, really, and watching the thoughtful video brings a fresh perspective to what really matters in life.
“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see this as a parent, and also heartbreaking since this could happen to anyone’s child,” the Park Lake parent told KSL.
This sweet tribute is a shining example of tangible ways kids can show love and encouragement to one another.
“We wish the absolute best for Jackson and his family,” the parent concluded.
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