63 F
Springville
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Support our Community Sponsors

Cancer survivor gets wish granted

Avatar
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Serve Daily: August 2020

Enjoy the 99th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible...

Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge

Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Mapleton youth wins Arbor Day tree poster contest

Emma Beach, a fourth-grader at Mapleton Elementary, recently won the Sweepstakes Award for the Utah Arbor Day Tree Poster Contest. 

r At the age of 4, Jude Johnson has spent nearly half his life in and out of the hospital fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Next month he’ll have the chance to spend time his time, instead, in “the happiest place on earth.” The Make a Wish Foundation is sending Jude to Disneyworld.

Cancer survivor

The Spanish Fork Police Department helped announce Jude’s wish had been granted with a visit to his house. They pulled up in their vehicles and turned on his favorite song, a classical piece, on their intercom. They then came up the sidewalk with a sign that said, “Jude, You’re going to Disneyworld,” and gave him toys and games for the plane ride. “He got really excited and it was pretty cool,” said Jude’s mother, Robyn Johnson.

- Advertisement -
Our Print Advertisers

The pre-schooler was first diagnosed in February 2016. Right now he’s in the maintenance phase of the 3 1/2 year treatment schedule. Doctors haven’t seen any cancer cells for a couple of years now, but he’s still undergoing treatments to keep cancer away.

“So far he’s been doing pretty well, he has his ups and downs,” she said. Once a month, Jude goes to get chemo through IV port and every three months, he does a lumbar puncture and they inject chemo into his spinal fluid.

Last year, Jude was also diagnosed with high functioning autism.

Throughout it all, Johnson said he’s been very strong and very positive. “A lot of adults that go through this have a hard time and are sad, but he does it with a smile and sings songs. He’s very happy and resilient. He’s a pretty special kid,” she said.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation works with local donors to help sick children live out their dreams.

“I think they’re incredible,” said Johnson. “It’s a group of amazing people that are just trying to help those in need. And I think it’s really cool.”

- Advertisement -
Avatar
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

More from Author

Serve Daily: August 2020

Enjoy the 99th issue of Serve Daily. This issue is full of great articles by local Utah County writers and made possible...

Every day can be a better day, despite the challenge

Life is full of challenges. We knew that last year and we know that now. Life, at any time, has at least...

Giveaways: Summer Giveaway

Click to View our Sponsors Websites

Mapleton youth wins Arbor Day tree poster contest

Emma Beach, a fourth-grader at Mapleton Elementary, recently won the Sweepstakes Award for the Utah Arbor Day Tree Poster Contest. 

More in Category

Time to get your try on

Many say this is a year that should just be cancelled, however, I believe this is a year that can be used...

National Parks Week may be impacted by events in the world

By proclamation of President Donald J. Trump, on April 20, our nation celebrates National Park Week with fee free entrance and a variety of special programs. This year National Park Week

College graduate realizes dream of sharing wonders of ocean with people of the desert

Serve Daily is about positive and uplifting people, organizations, and events. Occasionally while working on one story we find another amazing story behind the first story.

Viewpoint Frozen-Frozen: Coming to the Defense of Hans

I watched Frozen II recently, and honestly, I was disappointed. The makers of Frozen II promised the audience a redemption arc of Hans, the good guy who turned out to be the villain in the