SUMNER, GA (WALB) – When a 16 year old in Worth County found out he was losing his battle of cancer, his greatest concern was helping others in similar situations. Now, he's spending his time making care boxes for families in similar situations, so they have one less thing to worry about while undergoing treatments.
Today I had the privilege of meeting 16-year-old Christopher Oates, an extremely selfless and thoughtful teenager who is battling a rare cancer. Over the past year, he's spent months in the hospital fighting that cancer, but when doctors told him that cancer was back and there was nothing more to do, his main focus was his parents and helping others in the same situation.
"To think that all he went through, and is still suffering the pain the sickness," said Donna Oates
Mrs. Oates knows the feeling all too well, her son Christopher was only 15 when doctors diagnosed him with a rare childhood bone cancer. "I don't think even as a grown woman I could handle even half of what my child went through."
He went into remission, but at age 16, doctors discovered the cancer was back, and this time it was much worse.
"I turned to my doctor and asked was there anything I could actually do to try and fight again, but he said right now that there is nothing he knows of," said Christopher.
And after he found out he was losing his battle with cancer, his main concern was his family, and families in similar situations. "I didn't care about me. I was concerned with how my parents were going to take it and how the family was going to take it."
The trips back and forth to the hospital took a toll on Chris and his family, and they often forgot to pack the necessities for their long stays. "He forgot simple necessities like shampoo, conditioner, and soap," his mother said.
So he and his mom thought about a way to help relieve families in the same situation. They thought of making care packages called "Christopher's boxes of Love."
Boxes containing deodorant and toothpaste, and other items that might be forgotten.
So now families and siblings so they have one less thing to think about while they spend time with their loved one in the hospital.
"If we can ease any of that burden off of that parent that's worth a million bucks."
They plan to deliver those boxes to the Scottish Rite Hospital on the 18th.
The family say the goal for the foundation is to keep money in the account, to help out families while their children battle cancer. This way, parents will be able to spend as much precious time with their children, and not worry about financial issues back home.
A benefit sing will be held Saturday, November 27th at 7 pm Sumner High School in Worth County.
If you would like information on how you can help Christopher and his Boxes of Love, Click HERE.