Digital Bucket List: Woman Helps Boy With Cancer

11:32 PM, Sep 16, 2012   |    comments
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Clemmons, NC -- A list of 13 wishes has brought Julian Ross into Tiffany Blackburn's life.

"It's my goal, it's my new mission in life," Blackburn, a stay-at-home mom from Clemmons, says.

It's a mission to change the life of a complete stranger.

"Besides watching a YouTube video and hearing his little voice, I've never met him or his mom."

"It's remarkable to me that this woman that has never met Julian has taken up his torch to fulfill his wishes and his dreams.. it's pretty great.," said Kristi Thompson, Julian's mom.

Julian has stage four Neuroblastoma. He's going through very aggressive treatment but doctors are not sure it's going to work.

"When we did the bucket list, when he was filling it out, I truly did not think most of it was possible, you know because we were trying to figure out how in the world is he going to meet train, and I really can't afford a $2000 cat, and you know, who has a lot of money to just skip off to the Bahamas," explained Thompson.

But that's where Tiffany comes in.

"I'm not a doctor, I don't have a ton of money, I'm nobody but I feel like if I can do anything I can, just a little bit to make, give his family some good memories, give him some memories that he won't ever have that you and I have the chance to have, I'm going to do it," said Blackburn.

After learning about Julian on Facebook, she's used social media to fulfill his by one.

"It's really really hard to describe the feeling of it all. It's overwhelming, and at times it makes you wonder how you're ever going to say thank you enough because it's such a shallow word and it almost seems insignificant," said Thompson.

But while Tiffany works to make Julian's wishes come true, he is fulfilling one of hers.

"Thank you and I'm going to meet you in October." That's Julian's message to Tiffany.

It's a small thank you to a stranger who has done so much and who has turned out to be nothing like a stranger at all.

"She really restored my faith and that there are just really good people out there. And they're good not because they want something but because they're just wonderful," said Thompson.
The way Julian describes his cancer is that he has a bad army inside of him but the medicine he's on is the good army. So every time he feels sick, he says it's because there is a war going on inside him.

One of the wishes on his list is that no other child gets the bad army again. 

CLICK HERE To follow Julian's progress or to help him fulfill the wishes on his bucket list.

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