The family of John Francis Hoague-Rivette, a young boy battling terminal brain cancer, is making a passionate request of military members, law enforcement officials, EMTs and firefighters from across the U.S. — one aimed at encouraging and inspiring John.
The family is asking for challenge coins, patches and pins to be sent to the ailing 11-year-old as he continues to bravely battle his debilitating disease.
Listen to John’s aunt, Sarah Rivette, tell his story at the 18:30-mark:
John, who was diagnosed in May with a Grade 3 Glioma tumor on his brain stem and is now home in hospice care, has a deep affection for these military and police coins and first responder patches.
And as his battle worsens, these are some of the only items he’s still engaging with.
“There are few things that he’s responding to and one of those things is this collection of challenge coins and patches and pins from these law enforcement, these firefighters, EMS, military communities,” John’s aunt, Sarah Rivette, told “The Pure Flix Podcast” on Friday.
Rivette, John’s mom, Carrie (pictured with him above), and other family members are hoping that military officials, police and other emergency service workers will send John pins, challenge coins and patches from all 50 states.
“How cool would it be if we could get one from every, single state so that his collection is massive and he has support from all over the country and he knows that his story is having an impact with other people he’s never even met?” she said.
Rivette noted that anyone interested in sending these items can direct them to: Captain John Francis Hoague-Rivette, PO Box 6, Whitehall, NY 12887.
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SOURCE: Christian Post; Pureflix.com, Billy Hallowell