Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Christmas Request....

While we're all getting ready for the holidays, our neighbors are spending their time at the hospital with a grandson.  He's a cancer patient running out of options and his grandmother is requesting Christmas cards for him. 

This was her message to our community Facebook page:

Cindy Chouinard Payne Update on Joshua Ryan Pilger: Today is Friday, 12/16/11. The doctors called Josh's dad and I out of his room tonight to talk. They stated the cancer is not responding to chemotherapy and it is growing. We were given two options. One: we could take him home or Two: We can try a different type of chemotherapy that will hit him hard and hopefully kill it this time. It will be very dangerous as it will knock everything out of him and time will tell if this works. I stated that I want to fight but it is Josh's decision on if he is up for this. We went in the room and the doctors told Josh exactly what he was up against. Without any hesitation, he responded that we were going to fight. THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING ME SUCH A STRONG SON! I am asking everyone to please pray with everything you have to let him win this battle. We are going to start the new chemotherapy on Sunday morning. And take a minute out of your schedules to send him a Christmas card to let him know that you are praying for him. I want him to know that all of you are behind him in this battle. Thank you! Josh's Mom OSF Children's Hospital, St. Jude, Josh Pilger, Room 406, Peoria, IL 61637

Josh is 17 and a senior at IVC high school in Chillicothe, IL.  He likes the Bears.  If you could find a minute to drop Josh a Christmas card, his parents and grandparents would be thrilled as I know Josh will be.  If you send me a .jpg of your card and your e-mail address, I will post your card on my blog and after the first of the year, send you some "thank you" digital images that I will create just for this request and will be available only to those who send cards.

OSF Children's Hospital, St. Jude
Josh Pilger, Room 406
Peoria, IL 61637

As you open presents on Christmas Day, take a moment to say a prayer for Josh and his family.  Thank you so much.

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