CORNELIUS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Jace Thompson, a courageous 4-year-old boy from Cornelius who is battling a rare and aggressive brain tumor, celebrated a major milestone this month as he rung a bell signifying the completion of his 30th radiation treatment.
It's been a long, tough road for the Thompson family. Parents, Captain Jennifer Thompson and NC State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Thompson, have been with their son every step of the way during the six weeks of early-morning trips to the hospital.
"This precious boy of ours has displayed pure strength, bravery and determination. He has never complained even after all he's been through, seen and experienced. He's way stronger than most adults I know. This boy has changed me," Jace's mother, Jennifer, wrote on the family's support page, Warrior Jace, on Facebook.
The Thompson family now enters their next phase of Jace's treatment, which Jennifer candidly admitted made her, "heartbroken and angry over the fact this horrible, horrible disease chose her child." Jace and his parents met with their new DC medical team to learn of their plan moving forward. Little Jace will now be required to start four very strong and very intense medications.
Jace's mother, Jennifer, recently updated their page saying all of the medications that were recommended by the tumor board were approved by their insurance company, renewing her hope and giving thanks to God.
"Just when I was at a point...God...I'm hurting. I can't take this or handle this today. I was standing there in the parking lot, arms wide open. Here I am. The hurt and pain came over me like a wave. It is scary because it happens when you are not expecting it. In the most inopportune times. But the same brokenness I felt at lunch today, standing in the parking lot, praying with two other officers, eventually brought me clarity. Today, He used this moment of sadness. This moment of shattered dreams and feelings. He used this moment to make me stop and realize who is in control. He used the moment to get my attention," Jennifer wrote.
4-year-old Jace will continue to travel back and forth from Cornelius, North Carolina to Washington, D.C. for treatment with his family who will never, ever give up hope.