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