This is a story that will melt even the most hardened of hearts.
On June, 2012, just days before he was to begin kindergarten at Hillsboro Elementary School, six-year-old Caden Goodrich was diagnosed with leukemia.
“It was heartbreaking to find out,” Jeff Goodrich, Caden’s father told Nashville’s News 2. “It was pretty rough to realize what was going on.”
Since June, the Goodrich family has been making weekly trips to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for treatment, which have proved to not only be expensive, but also exhaustive on the family, who are struggling financially.
“It’s hard to keep up with everything,” Jeff revealed.
Then two little guardian angels stepped forward: Jasie Willis and her seven-year-old sister, Josie opted to give up their joint birthday party for their schoolmate and instead, decided to host the “Pay It Forward Birthday Celebration,” a fundraiser for Caden.
“It’s all because my girls wanted to share their birthday presents with a child that is going through something so horrible,” Amanda Willis, the girls’ mother, told Nashville’s News 2.
The Willis family, it turns out, knows a thing or two about a child battling cancer.
In 2007, Jasie was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her eye.
“I know how hard and how difficult and how stressful and how emotionally draining it is on the families,” Willis said. [Jasie had the tumor removed, and now has a prosthetic eye.]
The Goodrich family are stunned by the sisters generosity and selfless act.
“We can’t say thank you enough to the two special little girls that’s decided to do this for him.”
While Caden’s mom said: “I’m still in shock that two little kids volunteered to do this stuff.”
The Pay It Forward Celebration will be on Friday, October 26 at the Hillsboro Community Center at 7296 Hillsboro Highway in Hillsboro.
Donations can also be made to Caden Goodrich at Ascend Federal Credit Union at 184 South C Street, Hillsboro, TN 37342.
To follow Caden’s cancer journey, visit his Facebook page.
To follow Jasie’s cancer journey visit her Facebook page.