A 16-year-old cancer survivor from New Jersey uses his Make-A-Wish to help other children with cancer.
Mason Rockmore of Westfield used his Make-A-Wish to give electronics to the hospital where he was treated to help youngsters receiving private care.
In February 2020, Rockmore, who had been cancer-free for nearly a year, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a lethal form of bone cancer. He began therapy right away at Hackensack Meridian, which took three to four nights at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
“It was pretty boring,” Rockmore recalled. “When I was in the hospital, I’d be thinking about the treatments. There are some kids there for three months for a bone marrow transplant, and there’s not much to do.”
Rockmore added, “I was thinking of a bunch of wishes and one came up in my head—why not just give back? And that’s what I did,” according to Breitbart.
Make-A-Wish New Jersey wrote in its Facebook post that the cancer survivor used his Make-A-Wish “to help enrich the lives of his fellow pediatric patients who spend days, weeks and sometimes months at the hospital.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Make-A-Wish sent gadgets to the pediatric oncology ward, “including several tablets, Amazon Fire Sticks, Apple TV, XBox, PS5, and two Nintendo Switch, along with TV and game subscriptions like Disney Plus, Netflix, and game pass,” according to the organization.
“How fitting it is for Mason’s wish to be granted on Giving Tuesday and amidst the giving season, bringing much needed joy to other children over the holidays and well into the future,” Tom Weatherhall, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish New Jersey, stated.
Lori and Eric Rockmore, Rockmore’s parents, complimented their son for his compassion.
“We’re so proud of Mason for using this opportunity to help other kids like him,” Lori Rockmore said.
“We experienced a lot of generosity here at the hospital as well, and we are happy and proud Mason wanted to pay that forward,” Eric Rockmore claimed.