Children's Medical Center depends on donations to help patients in need of care

Jason Poole is a patient at the Children's Medical Center, where the 11-year-old is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 6, 2011)

Jason Poole is a patient at the Children's Medical Center, where the 11-year-old is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. (WRDW-TV / Dec. 6, 2011)

News 12 at This Morning / Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Eleven-year-old Jason Poole was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia a little over a year ago.

It's a type of cancer that drastically changed his life.

"It's like you can't see anybody, can't go anywhere. You just literally sit at home, thinking what's going to happen tomorrow?" Jason explained.

One thing the cancer couldn't touch was his sense of humor.

He joked with our News 12 crew and asked, "What's the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts?"

We were stumped.

"Beer nuts are a $1.75 and deer nuts are under a buck," he answered as the exam room filled with laughter.

His humor and charm are brought out more by the nurses and doctors that treat him at the Children's Medical Center.

"When we are here my burden is lifted, because I know they care about him as much as I do," said Jason's grandmother.

It takes special type of person and some special equipment to keep Jason's mind off of his treatment.

"The Wii and there is an XBox and a PlayStation," he said.

All of this is possible through the pledges you make. Starting Thursday the hospital will kick off its three-day radiothon to raise thousands of dollars to help the youngest of their patients like Jason and many more.

"Families come in and share their stories of hope and tell their miracles that have happened with their children," said Catherine Stewart, CMN development coordinator.

Jason and his grandmother say they are hoping to become one of those miracles. Just thinking about all the people willing to give brings tears to Jason's eyes.

The hospital searches for newer and better ways to speed his treatment along using the dollars you donate.

"They just really try to make the best of it," Jason said.

The Cares for Kids Radiothon starts Thursday, bright and early at 6 a.m. It will run through Saturday, wrapping up at 1p.m. You can call the 1-877-719-KIDS to make a pledge.

The medical center is planning to use the money they raise this year for numerous things like blanket warmers and rocking chair so parents can hold their babies and be comfortable.


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