CHICAGO -- 9-year-old Rocco Debergh is now cancer free. But it was a very long tough road for him to get here. He was just 2-and-a-half-years-old when his parents were given a daunting cancer diagnosis: Acute lympho blastic leukemia.
His future was full of very long hours in chemotherapy. Sometimes, he would spend several days at Comer Children’s Hospital with chemo drips lasting up to 24-hours.
Rocco spent more than five years in chemotherapy and he pushed through it with the love of family and friends as well as art therapy - specifically, coloring.
His parents, Christy and Jason, say to this day Rocco can sit and color for hours.
Which is what likely led Rocco to write a letter to his school:
“On March 18 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer. I spent over 5 years in and out of the hospital and one of my favorite things to do is coloring..” it began
The letter quickly went beyond the school’s walls. And in less than a month, the Debergh’s had thousands of coloring books, crayons and markers . The family donated it all to the hospital this morning.
But they are not done. And now you can help:
And for more information: uchicagokidshospital.org
Drop off location:
Comer Children’s Lobby
5721 S. Maryland Ave