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Molly's Kids: Child on steroids eats chicken nuggets all the time; Chick-Fil-A jumps in to help


Josh Bronson. Rock Hill. 8 years old. Fighting brain cancer.

Really fighting right now.

This morning he got a great surprise.

Josh's mom emailed to say things had gotten particularly tough since I wrote about him in October (click here). She said Josh spent Thanksgiving back in Levine Children's Hospital and he's on new, intense steroids.

She ended her note with, "We're hoping for a miracle."

Sometimes -- I don't usually mention this publicly -- but sometimes it works out where one of our ?#‎MollysKids can be connected with one of you guys who wants to help. 

And sometimes it's a perfect little fit that makes the world seem right and good.

Which is why I'm sharing this one from today.

This morning Mary Louise Ramsey, a Charlotte mom who had never once met Josh, hand-delivered a couple gift baskets to his front door in Rock Hill. 


Because Mary Louise and her husband Jim understand childhood cancer.

Their son, Zach, battled for 42 months. Before Zach died in 2006 at the age of 17, he helped his parents found the "Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund" to help other kids like him.

Zach was wise beyond his years. Really hard-working. At the age of 14 he got a job at the Cotswald Chick-fil-A and although it sounds a little amazing, Zach's former Chick-Fil-A boss never lost touch with Zach's parents.

So... knowing all this... 

...When Josh's mom wrote to say he wasn't doing well and the steroids were making him crave fast food and Chick-Fil-A, it just made sense to let Mary Louise and Jim know.

That was a week ago.

I didn't give it another thought until this morning.

Turns out after hearing about Josh, the Ramsey's called Zach's former Chick-Fil-A boss, who still owns that Cotswald franchise. His name is Andre Harakas. Andre instantly put together hundreds of dollars of gift certificates and five coupons for large nugget trays.

"This should keep Josh happy for some time, and free up Josh's mom as well," Andre said. "I hate what childhood cancer does to families. I wanted to do what I could."

Going back to the original email, Josh's mom asked for a miracle.

This isn't that - but it is a nice gesture that made her son smile. In the middle of the fight he's facing, she told Mary Louise that's considered a darn good day.

Love all of you guys who care so much. 

Enjoy, Josh. Eat up. Lots of people are thinking of you.


PS -- For more about Zach Ramsey, go here >>

**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**

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