Of the thousands of letters for assistance pouring into Globe Santa’s mailbox this Christmas season, many are from families with a loved one fighting a life-threatening illness.
And as hard as it can be to lose a job or suffer through months of tight finances due to a down economy, having a family member battling cancer puts all those troubles in perspective. One letter tells of a couple and their 7-year-old son, who have been faced with such problems over the past two years.
The boy’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the company she and her husband had been with for almost a decade went out of business. Her husband was fortunate to find work, she wrote in her letter to Globe Santa, but had to accept a nearly 50 percent cut in pay.
The letter goes on to say that the mother needed immediate surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Her son often had to accompany her because they lacked the money for child care. To say the least, the little boy saw his mother very sick and in lots of pain.
Then, just months after completing her treatment for breast cancer, the letter says, doctors found cancerous tumors inside her mouth, which meant more intense radiation and chemotherapy.
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