As Globe Santa staff members process the thousands of letters from families in need this Christmas, many of the requests are from parents who are battling serious illnesses.
Mothers and fathers find their worlds turned upside-down and priorities forever altered by the frightening prospect that they are, in some cases, fighting for their lives.
The single mother of a 3-year-old boy from south of Boston was enjoying the first hint of spring last April and looking forward to some summer fun with her toddler when she got the news. The young woman was diagnosed with breast cancer and would need to begin chemotherapy immediately.
“I recently finished my chemo treatment but have surgery and reconstructive treatments through the rest of the year,” she wrote in a letter to Globe Santa.
She’s been unable to go to work and said the soonest she can hope to return is sometime next year.
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