Healthy Living: 'Timmy's Gift'
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Timmy Mowrer is a lot like most kids his age. He’s soft spoken, plays the infield, like his favorite baseball player, and the Red Sox.
"My dad was a Red Sox fan, so I guess I wanted to be one."
There's one person Timmy looks up to even more than Dustin Pedroia – his mom.
"I guess what he's trying to say is that I'm very important to him,” said Anne Mowrer.
Five years ago, Timmy watched his mom fight and beat breast cancer.
"Initially I didn't want to tell them,” said Anne.
This fall, Anne learned she had to fight the same battle again. Not only did the cancer come back, it spread to her liver, stomach, bones, and lungs.
"When the doctor told me it was forever, that it was never going to go away, it was hard to accept. It was hard to think that for the rest of my life that I'll have some kind of treatment,” she said.
Anne is undergoing chemo-therapy at the Pluta Cancer Center in Henrietta. She gets a treatment called Taxol; a powerful drug that must be administered carefully.
"She gets two weeks on and two weeks off, and that gives her bone marrow a chance to recover, so that it's not toxic to her," said Kitty Forbush, RN at Pluta.
Anne has lost her hair, and a lot of her energy, but she hasn't lost her will to fight.
"I'm doing what I have to do to keep going forward to be there for my kids and my husband,” she said.
Because Timmy can't treat his mom's illness, he decided he wanted to support those who were. Last Christmas, instead of gifts, Timmy asked for donations.
"I asked him after Christmas was over, did he get everything he wanted for Christmas, he said no, you're not cured yet,” said Anne.
Through Anne's CaringBridge website and word of mouth, Timmy raised about $8,000 for Pluta.
On Timmy’s 9th birthday, instead of gifts, he’s asking his friends to make a donation.
"My mom is sick and I can get presents later,” he said.
"I don't know how he ended up this way. We must have done something right,” said Anne.
It's a birthday wish too important to keep secret.
“She survived cancer once... and she's going to do it again,” he said.
Send donations to:
Pluta Cancer Center
125 Red Creek Drive
Rochester NY 14623
Indicate Timmy's Gift on the check
Because Timmy's birthday falls on a Thursday, his party will be held Sunday. Timmy may get a present after all, but his mom made us promise not to spoil the surprise.