Quarterback Tim Tebow To Meet His Hero, Blake Appleton
"Without treatment, he may only have 6 months" - Blake’s Mom
By Dell Hill
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
- About the same time we show up to meet 8-year-old Blake Appleton, so
does his former kindergarten teacher, with books in hand.
Everyone seems to know just how precious time is for Blake, especially his mother, Miranda.
"Without treatment, he may only have 6 months," said Miranda Appleton.
Florida Gators Quarterback Blake Appleton
you think little Blake doesn't realize mom is talking about how long he
has to live, you're wrong. As unbelievable as it may sound, his mom
tells us not only does he understand that he is very sick with brain
cancer and has a zero chance of recovery, but he also seems to want
desperately to help his mother accept his fate.
Miranda tells us of the day Blake told her he no longer wanted to be treated for cancer.
in the restroom of all place, and he starts to cry. I asked him why he
was crying, and he told me, 'Mommy, I don't want you to be unhappy with
me, but I don't want to do anymore chemo. I can't handle it anymore.'"
acknowledges that his reasons are private, but during our time with
him, we learn he is happy to finally be out of bed, playing, laughing,
and not in a hospital.
And Miranda tells us, after long talks with his doctors, he told them the same.
diagnosed Blake with a brain tumor in 2008, and after two incredibly
misleading and painfully temporary remissions, years of chemotherapy and
surgery, the cancer came back with a vengeance, spreading to his spine.
Doctors told his mother and Blake that it is now untreatable.
Miranda tells us, "I don't have time to cry. It might be a moment I'm missing with him."
one of those moments has to do with Blake's love of Tim Tebow and
football. He proudly showed us a football ball signed by the former
Florida Gator and current Denver Broncos quarterback. He then he
proudly explained how Tim Tebow called him on December 1st and what the
Blake says, "He told me he was going to meet me. That's about it!!"
So will Tebow make a visit? Maybe.”
“So will Tebow make a visit? Maybe.”
Says: There’s no “maybe” about it, Ma’am. If Tim Tebow said he was
going to meet this brave little guy, Tim Tebow will meet him!
A terribly sad - but at the same time, incredibly wonderful - story we all share during this Christmas season.
Blake is on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blake-Appleton/222195871564