Wouldn’t life be magnificent if every day was Christmas? That is exactly what Jack thinks – each day is a celebration of his favorite holiday as he listens to his beloved carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas”. His Mother, Rowena, says Jack’s face is truly transformed as he sees the lights and decorations that go up around Holy Angels in mid-November getting ready for the holiday season. We invite you to read more about our very special Angel Spotlight – Jack!
Jack was born in Charlotte and med-aired to Boston Children’s Hospital 18 years ago. His largest challenge at birth was a serious heart defect that has required multiple open heart surgeries. Jack also struggles with communication as he is legally deaf and blind. Jack lived at home until he was 12 where his mother cared for him. It wasn’t until his mother had her own major health scare that the family realized they didn’t have a “Plan B” for their son. They quickly realized they needed care they could depend on – even if they could not provide it themselves.
Jack came to live at Holy Angels and quickly thrived in the music therapy program. He even began taking private piano lessons from his therapist – playing by ear although legally deaf! Jack has already lost 100% of his vision in his left eye and the process of diminishing vision in his right is occurring. Holy Angels is used to challenges with each of our residents to help them overcome their individual challenges. Our staff adds braille to weekly letters his mother writes her son. Jack traces the braille words as he hears the spoken words from his mother to practice his developing understanding of braille. He has responded beautifully!
Rowena says Jack is mercifully “woven into the tapestry of Holy Angels”. Jack thrives off of routine and he loves the predictability here. To Jack’s family, Holy Angels is truly a home for their son. His mother still takes Jack to all his doctor appointments and their family even moved to Gaston County to be closer to him. Jack recently walked the “red carpet” at the Sandbox Prom in downtown Charlotte and hit the ceremonial first drive at our 24th Annual Carolina Classic golf tournament. It was a precious Mercy Moment watching father and son drive off on a golf cart to say hello to all the golfers.
Campbell and all her friends at Holy Angels need your help. Here’s what your contribution can provide:
- Your $25 gift buys a set of specialized eating utensils and plates
- Your $100 gift buys a day’s medicine for one resident
- Your $250 gift buys a feeding pump
- Your $750 gift buys an iPad with apps for specialized communications
- Your $12,000 gift buys a new wheelchair
Please help residents like Campbell continue to accomplish even more with your donation.
For additional information on these and other giving opportunities, please contact the Holy Angels Foundation.