As some of you may remember from a few years ago, I wrote about Reese Deck. Reese is a 16 year old son of a Marine mother and a Navy Corpsman father. His father was one of the first people killed in the line of duty during the initial push in Iraq.
At the age of 13 Reese was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He and his family were living in Arkansas so they could be close to their father's burial site, even though the rest of their family and support were in Virginia. I wrote about Reese and his family then and we were able to get a few things to help the family with different things they needed at the time.
Since then Reese has been in and out of the hospital for many issues including having osteoperosis but now things have become more serious.
Today Reese was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore MD for what was supposed to be a minor surgery. During the admission they found a bowel blockage and also tests came back for Encephalopathy. They were told that at this point he will regress to the point of a 4th grade mental state with no immediate signs of being reversible.
Reese's mother Crystal has not asked for any help yet. We want to make sure that before she needs to ask for it, that help is already there. So what am I asking of all of you who read this?
I want the family, consisting of Reese, his mother Crystal, his younger sister Lexi (Who is an AMAZING singer and was even on America's Got Talent but forced to quit so her mother could be by Reese in the hospital), and his younger brother Sean to experience as normal of a holiday as they can despite this news today. I am asking for cards of support, well wishes, and holiday cheer to overflow their mailbox. I am asking for Crystal to not have to worry about how she is going to get Christmas shopping done for the family while dealing with this. I am asking for prayers, love and support from anyone and everyone that has a moment to think of this family. I am asking for our military community to come together and take care of the family of a sailor who gave his life for the country and who would do the same if he were still here. Im asking for the world for this family this Christmas season.
If you want to help, email me at Charlestonion@gmail.com.
Here is some information on Reese's father, Navy Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson Jr
UPDATE: Here is a list of needs from their mother if you are thinking of gift cards/Christmas ideas:
Reese, age 16; Needs are pants; need to be drawstring or elastic waist pants. He is is tall, but very thin. He is a size 16 in length, but a boys Sz 6 in the waist. His wants: socks, gum and XBox Live cards. He likes basketball and the Dallas Cowboys. Lexi, age 13. Needs: Long sleeve shirts and shoes. Wants: Would like art supplies. She LOVES to sing (she made it through many auditions of America's Got Talent, but had to drop out because of her brother being sick), she loves One Direction. She is a sz M in ladies n tops, sz 7 in juniors in pants and size 10 in shoes. Sean is 6 I think. Needs Underwear sz 8, pants sz 10 and shirts boys sz 10. Sean would like DS games and anything Ninja Turtles. Crystal being the most giving person I have ever met, won't give me list. All she told me was towels, but here are things I know she needs: Tennis shoes sz 9.5; gas gift cards to get to and from the hospital (in VA, they have Exxon, Shell, Sunoco, and Sheetz), Scrubs (size large top and bottom), thermal underwear to wear under the scrubs. Groceries are scarce in the home. She pretty just keeps the necessities. They grocery shop at Walmart and Target.