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November 1, 2013

Aunt inspired to give back

Linda Fisk, of Centerville, is on a mission.

Her nephew, Aaron Hennessey, 13, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The family found out in July. He is suffering from medulloblastoma, the second most frequent type of brain tumor in children.

“He’s going to be a very sick boy for a long time,” said Fisk. “He’s already finished radiation…he’s bald. We had a welcome home party for him…and we collected over 500 hats for him. It was very exciting.”

According to Fisk, her nephew, who lives in Illinois with his mother, Crystal Hennessey, will begin chemotherapy on Nov. 10. He has had about a five week break since radiation ended. He has also had three brain surgeries since his diagnosis.

Aaron will have to travel St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. for treatment and will have to stay there for at least four to five months and perhaps longer.

Fisk is planning to visit Hennessey for Christmas and wants to do something for him and for all the other children who will be there this Christmas. She is asking for donations of new toys and gift cards to take to the hospital during her visit. Gift cards are used to allow patients to buy items.

“We just want to give children hope, to not give up,” said Fisk. “He is just amazing. He doesn’t even act like he’s sick. He’s just very strong.”

Anyone who wants to donate to the cause may do so at 1220 Drake Ave. in Centerville or may get in touch with Fisk at (641) 436-6627.

“With God all things are possible,” said Fisk. “We stood by God and that’s how we’ve been able to handle it. He sure helped us and that’s why I want to help someone else.”

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