TAMPA (FOX 13) - Between the physical energy it takes their little bodies to get better, and the mental strength it takes to stay positive during their fight- sometimes children with cancer just need an escape.
And that’s exactly what the Apple a Day program aims to do.
Former Tampa Bay area radio personality Jayde Donovan started the program years ago- surprising children with Apple products to give them something to turn to when the going gets tough.
And though she’s moved to New York- and started a new chapter up there- the initiative remains strong in the south!
FOX 13’s own Charley Belcher is now the one stopping by the hospital with a big surprise that makes all the difference in the young patients’ lives.
Most recently he surprised Rion, a toddler battling brain cancer.
had surgery where doctors removed as much of the tumor as they could, then went through radiation and he is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
It’s been tough on Rion, affecting his mobility and his speech, but he’s a fighter and he’s working very hard at recovery.
His parents say Rion loves to watch cartoons, and that he will use his new iPad to do so while spending those long hours at the hospital.
Apple a Day has a fundraiser planned for later this month. Click here to learn more.