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September 20, 2018

Remembering Julian Thomas Ross


OSWEGO, NY – I first met Julian Thomas Ross a few years ago in his elementary school’s classroom.

Julian sits on the couch with his cat as he listens to members of Fort Drum tell  what they brought for him at Christmas time 2012. Senator Patty Ritchie also stopped by to visit.

Julian sits on the couch with his cat as he listens to members of Fort Drum tell what they brought for him at Christmas time 2012. Senator Patty Ritchie also stopped by to visit.

Julian had been diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on August 4, 2011, when he was just 6 years old.

He was so sick that he was going to miss much, if not all, of the school year.

His classmates were going to have a large stuffed monkey sit in his seat. The students would send notes to the monkey about what they were doing in school. The correspondences would be forwarded to Julian so he could stay up to date on what his friends were doing.

I asked Julian what was wrong with him and he replied he had a “bad army” inside him.

“Where did the bad army come from?” I asked him.

He just shrugged his shoulders.

Julian’s obituary: http://oswegocountytoday.com/julian-thomas-ross-10/

During his battle with cancer, he said he would beat the bad army – and hundreds upon hundreds of supporters vowed to fight along side him.

Julian was born on May 14, 2005. He was called home early Saturday morning (August 8, 2015, at 3:30 a.m.). He was in the final stages of Neuroblastoma and was in hospice care since early this year.

He may be gone, but his spirit lives on in all of us. Julian never stopped fighting. He packed more into his short lifetime than most adults do in decades.

Even though Julian is no longer with us, he continues to inspire us to keep up the fight and defeat childhood cancer. He touched thousands and will continue to stir others to action.

There were probably many tears shed Saturday upon learning of Julian’s passing.

However, I don’t believe that is what he would have wanted. Julian was a fighter, and that’s what he wants us to do.

He wants the members of Julian’s Army to roll up their sleeves and kick cancer’s ass.

Make a donation to research, spread the word – nothing you do is too small.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ross; no stuffed toy monkey can ever replace you. You will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of us all. We will carry on your fight. And, we will win.

4 Responses “Remembering Julian Thomas Ross”

  1. cheryl abbott
    August 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    my thoughts and prayers go out to julians family…..I have followed Julian through all of this the last couple of months and I will continue to help fight “the bad army” Julian has been an inspiration to many and shown so many people that you are never to young to fight…..fly high buddy…..and to the family of Julian please know that you will be in my thoughts every moment

  2. August 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    You don’t know me. A friend told me about Julian for months now…maybe a year. She followed his life story on the internet. She was very sad that he didn’t win his fight against cancer. My friend was especially was touched by how he accepted his final weeks with a strength many adults never have in the face of a battle like he had.

    I’ve believed for a long time that sometimes angels come in small packages. I do believe in life after death, and I believe that sometimes the lives we live on earth are for a reason we cannot fathom, especially when it is particularly difficult.

    Sometimes children are on earth for a short time just so they can teach others about life…and about happiness. It sound to me as if Julian was one of these people…specially chosen to impact the lives of others. to forever change how those people look at not just his life, but their own lives. And to understand that you can choose happiness over sadness. Most religions call these people angels.

    I hope that you reach down into your happiest memories of this little fellow’s tenure on earth to help you with the years without him, until you, too, meet him in heaven (or whatever you call the hereafter).

    God bless you, Julian. You affected me, and I never met you. I can only imagine your impact on those who did! RIP.

  3. Christine Yates and Family
    August 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss I got to know Julian threw Facebook and he was always in my prayers and thoughts my heart is heaving hearing of him passing away I pray that you all find some comfort in your time of mourning I pray for strength that Jesus will help your heart mend I have never met a more stronger soul as Julian he will always be a Hero to me God bless you all love the Yates Family <3

  4. August 10, 2015 at 12:29 am

    It was an honor to meet you Julian and escort you from CHOP to your new place to stay for your remaining days. You were a strong brave little man who fought a tough battle. You are now with the angels you saw the other night. Rest in peace little man. You are in good hands now with God.

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