Shea Homes Mini Hero: Jack Welch

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 27, 2012

This month, our Shea Homes Mini Hero nomination goes to Jack Welch. Two years ago the Welch family moved into their lovely Shea Home; they were ecstatic to start a new chapter in their lives.

One year later, their lives took a drastic change when the family noticed something was “off” with Jack. His attitude had completely changed; he was fussy and much more irritable than normal.  He routinely lost his appetite, turned pale, and became lethargic. His parents took him to the doctor hoping maybe he had an ear infection, strep, or even mono.

To their saddened surprise, Jack was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the young age of four. Jack was sent right to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he stayed for a week, starting chemotherapy right away. The Welch family’s journey with cancer had just begun.

From day one, Jack’s parents sought out any opportunity they had to fight back against their son’s cancer. They heard about the Light the Night fundraiser, which was supported by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and shortly after, the Jack Strikes Back team had begun. The Welch family has always been hard working and willing to help others, so it has been a big transition to be on the receiving end. They raised $9,000 in the first six weeks just from friends and family and have now raised about $15,000 so far.

If you would like help the Welch family and other families facing similar struggles, you can join team Jack Strikes Back by visiting www.lightthenight.org. Monetary donations to the team are welcome as well. The next Light the Night event is November 10th at Tempe Town Lake. It is a wonderful event perfect for families of all ages. Prepare to be inspired!

We are very proud of Jack and his family as they keep fighting back at Leukemia. We wish them the best and are excited to see Jacks many accomplishments he will conquer in the future. For continued updates on Jack’s fight against Leukemia, “Like” Jack Strikes Back on Facebook.

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