To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Little Boy With Brain Cancer's Final Wish Sparks Incredible Response

Billy Hallowell : Oct 23, 2019  PureFlix Insider

"Our whole family is really overwhelmed and so amazingly blessed by the response to John's story. [He's] received over 500 packages ... most of them were boxes and mailers chock-full of these items and these pieces of memorabilia." -Sarah Rivette, John's aunt

[PureFlix Insider] The aunt of a terminally-ill little boy is speaking out with gratitude as people around the US continue to rally together to grant her nephew and family one final wish. (Screengrab Image: via PureFlix Insider)

John Francis Hoague-Rivette, an 11-year-old boy battling terminal brain cancer, continues to receive hundreds of packages from military members, law enforcement officials, EMTs and firefighters across the US, filled with challenge coins, patches and pins.

READ ALSO: Family of 11-Year-Old With Brain Cancer Has One Final Wish

It's an amazing outpouring of love from strangers who have been moved by John's harrowing ordeal.

"Our whole family is really overwhelmed and so amazingly blessed by the response to John's story," Sarah Rivette, John's aunt, told "The Pure Flix Podcast" on Friday. "[He's] received over 500 packages ... most of them were boxes and mailers chock-full of these items and these pieces of memorabilia."

Click here to listen to Rivette reveal the incredible details of the response at the 16-mark.

The initial goal was to get at least one challenge coin, patch or pin from all 50 states—an aspiration that has been exceeded, with patches coming in from places as far as the North Pole.

John even received packages containing coins from the offices and security details of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence's, Second Lady Karen Pence and President Barack Obama.

READ ALSO: 12 Bible Verses for Strength and Courage Amid Illness

Rivette said John's mother, Carrie (Rivette's sister), has shown every piece to John, and that these kind gifts have been a source of comfort.

But Rivette said that it's not only the patches and coins that have made an impact; the accompanying stories and letters have also been moving.

"They are some of the most heartfelt, amazing-brings-tears-to-your-eyes sort of letters," she said. "John's story has impacted all of these people who have sent items, and to me that's utterly amazing."

In addition to the packages, police officers and visitors from afar have been coming to John's Whitehall, New York, home to visit the boy. Sarah shared just one of the incredible stories.

READ ALSO: 11 Bible Verses About Sadness, Grief and Overcoming the Odds

She said a man from northern Vermont who had heard about John's story hopped in the car and randomly drove to John's town to deliver a special gift to the young boy.

"[The man] is also battling a very similar brain cancer to John," Rivette explained, noting that a fire department in Vermont had given him a fireman's helmet—and he wanted to pass it on.

"He drove three to four hours without an address—without any direction, showed up with the hope of God and said, 'I'm here and would like to give this to captain John,'" she said. "Somebody who has that kind of faith and that kind of love to give to John is amazing."

Rivette said her family is now fundraising so they can hold an early Christmas with John—another wish they hope to fulfill for the ailing boy (you can help make that happen by purchasing items here; you can also donate to John's family here).

She said they never assumed it would be an option when he went home on hospice care in late July. Rivette said it's been a "humbling experience" to see John's story touch so many lives. The visits and love from around the U.S. have helped sustain the family, even as John's battle has continued.

"Every day is a different struggle," Rivette said. "He's still less and less alert and he's got some pain issues going on."

Still, the family's hope and reliance on God remain.

"God is working through our family right now through this terrible time," she said. "He is being faithful and we just need to trust."

Do you need inspiration to get through the hard times? Here are 11 scriptures about grief, sadness and loss worth reading. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here


This article was originally published on Pure Flix Insider. Visit Pure Flix for access to thousands of faith and family-friendly movies and TV shows. You can get a free, one-month trial here.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Prayer before Florida High School Football Games

FL High School May Let Student Start Pro-Life Club after Being Accused of 'Blatant Violation': 'Students Shouldn't Have to Threaten Legal Action to Have Their Voice Heard'

Congress Recently Made Animal Cruelty A Felony, but Won't Allow Vote To Protect Human Babies

This 'Special' Abandoned Pup, Born with an Extra Tail on His Head, Is Helping His Fellow Future Adoptees Find Homes

Canadian Family Sues School and Teacher after Their Little Girl Was Taught That 'Boys and Girls Are Not Real'

Turkey's Erdogan Vows to Protect Christians in Syria, Says Their Churches Will Be Rebuilt

Dr. Corinne: Grief during the Holidays; How It Can Affect You Physically, and How You Can Better Cope

Amazing Testimony: How God Helped This Teenage Girl Escape North Korea's Cruelty with Just a 'Mustard Seed' Faith

Wounded in Afghanistan, Marine Sergeant Finds Healing through Wife's Spirit-Filled Words

Pray: 1 Killed, at Least 5 Injured, in Shooting at California High School

'Hearsay': Impeachment Witness Claims 2nd Trump Phone Call, Other Dem Witness Testifies Concern on Biden's Son

Evangelist Alveda King: A Voice of Reason in the Midst of Impeachment Malarkey

Pray: The Jury Has Begun Deliberations In the Pro-Life Investigators vs Planned Parenthood 'Blockbuster Trial of the Century'

Israel Confirms Ceasefire with Gaza after 400+ Rockets Terrorize Israelis

Wisconsin Formally Recognizes Thanksgiving Week as 'National Bible Week'; and Confirms the State's 'Christmas' Tree

Tony Evans Becomes First African American to Publish Study Bible, Commentary

'I'm Going to Glorify (God) in Every Action': Jags QB Nick Foles Takes Reporters to Church in Mini-Sermon on Adversity, Injury

'Lives Being Changed' through Fields of Faith: Over 100,000 Have Committed to Jesus as Students Host Prayer, Bible Reading on Football Fields

Praise God: Boko Haram Finally Releases Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor Who Refused to Convert to Islam

'Massive': Over 150 Rockets Fired into Israel from Gaza; Leaders, Congress React

Search the Articles Archives

Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year

BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
BCN Store
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner

Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor

BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.

Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.