Minden Press-Herald

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Jul 22nd

Local company gives back to St. Jude patient

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Centerpoint Energy has made Christmas wishes come true for Minden resident and St. Jude patient Ahmad Adams and his family.

Operations Supervisor Bobby Morgan and C&M Tech 3 Tim Morgan brought in armfuls of gifts as Ahmad and his family smiled and held back tears.

"This is the second year we have done this," said Tim, speaking of giving back to others.

Choking back his own tears, Tim explained how it gives him great joy to see the smiles on the family's face.

Ahmad's mother Toni Thornton had a huge smile on her face as her son and daughter Lajayla opened gifts that she could only dream of giving them after she was laid off work in October.

A heartfelt "Thank you" was not only heard in Thornton's voice but also in the twinkle in her eyes.

Thirteen-year-old, Lajayla, was so surprised and overjoyed when she opened a box of shoes, especially chosen for her in pink and red with a handwritten letter from a company employee, she had to turn away to hide her tears.

Company employees donated shoes, clothes, a bike, toys and gift cards to the family.

Terminally-ill 10-year-old, Ahmad, was diagnosed ­­with Osteosarcoma in 2011.

Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer and is the sixth most common type of cancer in children, according to kidshealth.org.

In addition, unlike some cancers Oseteosarcoma begins in the bone and metastasize elsewhere, usually the lungs or other bones. It most commonly affects teens who are experiencing a growth spurt and boys are more likely to have osteosarcoma then girls.

Ahmad spent a year at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital receiving chemotherapy along with transfusions; however in November 2011 his right leg was amputated. The cancer has now spread to Ahmad's lungs.

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