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Molly's Kids: 5-year-old Newton kindergartner diagnosed with cancer


This is what kindergartner Christopher Mason looks like now. 

His mom, Odessa, says he’ll probably lose his hair soon. She’s grateful for this picture. 
Odessa reached out as soon as Christopher was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) earlier this month. He was immediately admitted to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. 

“You don’t know exactly what to do because it’s all so whirlwind,” she wrote from their home in Newton. “He’s only five years old.”

It started when Christopher was getting sick with his adenoids. That’s a mass of enlarged tissue between the back of the nose and throat. After lots of trips to the doctor, he was finally sent to the hospital for tests. Within hours, Odessa and her husband Chris got the dreadful results.

“Devastating,” said Odessa.

Chris is their only child.  Dessa, as she’s known by friends, is a stay-at-home mommy.

“Dessa and Chris are the most kind, loving, caring people you could ever meet,” wrote Sherry Deal, who works with Chris. “Being that we work with Chris I can speak for our whole office when I say he has a kindred spirit about him you can’t help but love.”

Sherry says the day their boss walked in the office to tell everyone the news, you could hear a pin drop before the tears started to flow.

Since then, those co-workers have bought Christopher toys and snacks for the hospital. He could be there a month.

Little Christopher is also a big Cam Newton fan so they all pitched in to get him a @Carolina Panthers #1 jersey.  He’d asked for one for Christmas and hadn’t received it… he was thrilled with the gift and it took his mind off hospital treatments.

Dessa says Christopher has had a rough time but he’s still smiling. Her friends started a hashtag >> #HelpChristopherCrushCancer

“My son is amazing,” Dessa said. “It’s an incredible thing to watch your child battle cancer.”

Sadly, many parents in our area can relate. So Odessa, if you need anything just start reaching out. We live in one heck of a warm, open-armed community. Our Charlotte-area is amazing.  I bet many others would be willing to help make you and Chris and especially little Christopher feel loved.


**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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