CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - *Editor's note: This is a about a member of #MollysKids, one of the kids WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook
It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all her #MollysKids)
You guys might remember past posts on Chris West. His mom is great about sending updates. Chris was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010.
He's been in-and-out of the hospital since then, beating and battling cancer three times. He's back to battling right now.
Up and down. Up and down.
His mom, Michelle, says life is a series of ups and downs.
First time I mentioned Chris he was collecting video games for other pediatric patients in Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital and Levine Children's Hospital. Next, it was pennies.
He collected $5,000 worth to put towards 100 acts of kindness. (
In April, Chris once again was collecting something. This time… vacation pictures. He couldn't go on spring break but wanted to see your photos, describing it as a virtual trip from his hospital bed. (
Michelle says they received over 700 pictures on his Facebook page,
Chris's CREW. He loved the photos.
AND, after seeing the post a dive shop in Gastonia is making Chris a custom, “dry suit,” so he can swim this summer. That's something he hasn't been able to do for two years!
Chris has been through a lot and Michelle admits his body is damaged. Tons of medications and steroids and when he got a common cold, it quickly turned into pneumonia. Even small things can be critical to kids with lymphoma.
Remember she said "ups and downs"? Those are the downs. Now, an up.
A week ago today Chris was released from the hospital.
He's home-bound! His doctor said he “moved heaven and earth to get him out.”
Through it all Michelle said Chris has stayed strong and is, in fact, trying to come up with his next way to give back to others.
Stay strong, Chris. Enjoy being back in your own room.