Reader-submitted content: 5-year-old to begin chemotherapy this month

Jack is the son of Josh and Heather Sullivan. He was diagnosed with ganglioneuroblastoma in Nov. 2009, followed by surgery in December. He begins chemotherapy treatments in Houston later this month.

Jack’s family participated in American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay For Life of Melrose, forming “Jack’s Neuroblastoma-Outta Here” Relay team. Jack was officially recognized as Melrose Top Online Fundraiser at the Survivor & Caregiver Reception and during Relay Opening Ceremonies. He also painted pictures on canvas, raising an additional $500 for the fight against cancer.

Here’s what Jack said:

“My name is Jack — Jackson Drew Sullivan. I’m 5 years old. My birthday is April 18.

I got cancer when I was little. It was when I went to the Nazarene School. My teachers were Miss Susan and Miss Jarrett, but I won’t go there again because I’m not a little kid anymore. I’m going to the Melrose School next. We live there and I can walk home!”

What about your family and friends? “There’s my Mom and Dad. I have a brother, Nick, and my brother John. And there’s my sister Ashley and my little sister Taylor. She’s 2 and she’ll go to the little school.

“My best friend is Josh and I like ‘Thomas the Train.’”

Do you remember when you first got cancer? “I wasn’t feeling sick. I was at the hospital where my Papa and Mimi live in Houston. The lady’s name was Dr. Seuss. My x-rays were all black, and I saw my belly and my arms and legs. It was funny-looking.

“I’m going back there soon to fix my boo-boo.”

What do you want to be when you grow up? “I want to be a Melrose Buffalo like my bubba Nick. Go Buffaloes!”

Visit Jack’s page at to make a donation.

— Submitted by Dorothy Nelson