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To the Times of Ti:

On Sept. 4, 2013, our family heard news that no family should have to hear and at that moment we were not sure what was to come. Our 6-year-old son Mason was diagnoses with Leukemia and immediately started treatment at Fletcher Allen Health Care the same day.

We were a complete mess after hearing the diagnosis, but it did not take us long to decide we had to put up a strong front for Mason. From that point on we decided Mason would not see his parents break down and that in every way possible his life was going to be normal.

For anyone that knows Mason you can imagine some of the first things that he said when we started to tell him about his unhealthy cells and all the things that would be different or that could happen. One of these things was not being able to play football and, of course, Mason started to cry and immediately said, “Well can I at least be a coach still.” It almost broke our hearts but, of course, we told him not to worry and that he could always help.

On Sept. 13, Mason was able to come home from the hospital. Sept. 20 he watched the home youth football games and on Sept. 19 he attended his first day of school and I am not sure any of this would have been possible without all of the love, support and prayers from the community, school, friends, family and our employers/co-workers at St. Joseph’s and Inter-Lakes Health.

It was not long after we came home that we heard a group of football parents wanted to plan a benefit for Mason and on Sept. 28 there was a Team Mason Pep Rally/Tail Gate Party held during the youth football games here in town. The team work that it took to pull this off was amazing and all of the people that turned out in support of Mason truly proves that it takes a community to cure.

Yes, the doctors give the medicine, but some of the most important medicines in life come from love, support and prayers that you get from a small community like ours. Thank you all. Mason is a trooper and our family will continue to fight this as brave and as strong as we can.

Kristy Mason, Christian Thompson

Mason Thompson, Sophia Thompson

Ticonderoga

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