This week we would like to honor our HOC Hero of the Week, John “PJ” Combs, a 16-year-old who is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was 14.
PJ has been through a lot in his short life including more than 30 admits to the hospital, septic shock, pancreatitis, feeding tubs, upper and lower endoscopy, fevers, 50+ units of blood, 150+ units of platelets, an implanted port, IV antibiotics at home and the hospital, x-rays, ultrasounds, echo-cardiograms, having to learn to walk all over again, cranial radiation, chemo through IV, his spine and orally, and much more during the past two and a half years.
PJ is a fighter, though!
His mom, Elisabeth, said:
Doctors told me two and a half years ago that he might not live BUT he is still here and fighting so hard!
PJ never complains and tries to make everyone around him happy.
He is an inspiration to me and everyone he meets. He touches people to the deepest depths of their hearts with his strength and loving disposition.
I am his mother and he is MY hero and always will be.
To keep up to date on PJ’s fight, you can visit his CaringBridge page.
PJ, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. You are our HOC Hero!
If you know a child or teen who is battling or has battled cancer and you want to nominate them for our next HOC Hero of the Week, tell us about your hero and include photos and any links to their pages so we can support them! Fill out the nomination form here: