Be The Hope Now
10
November

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


OF THE THANKSGIVING SEASON. AND TONIGHT…A LOCAL FAMILY HAS PLENTY OF IT. SUNRISE ANCHOR BEN HILL VISITED WITH A LOCAL FAMILY…THAT HAS FACED LOSS AND SETBACKS.. AND YET IS CELEBRATING THE BLESSING OF A MEDICAL STAFF…SUPPORTING THEM ALONG THE WAY. 33-38 130-135 “01;06;25 SINGING “HE WAS SPLASHING, ENJOYING THE JUNGLE’S GREAT JOYS…” 01;06;30 MERGE SINGING TRACK WITH VOICE TRACK” THAT BIG, BOOMING VOICE IS FROM A 15 YEAR OLD. HE’S NOT YOUR AVERAGE TEEN. FROM HIS STATURE, PRESENCE… AND PASSION FOR LIFE. WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE.. IS THAT HE’S BATTLING AN ONGOING HEALTH ISSUE. SIR JONATHAN THOMPSON HAS SEVERE ASTHMA. HE’S NEVER LET THAT DEFINE HIM… DESPITE HIS DIAGNOSIS AS AN INFANT. HE’S NAMED AFTER HIS FATHER… JONATHAN… AND IT WAS HIS DAD’S DECISION TO DON HIM… SIR. HIS MOTHER REMEMBERS THE MEANING. JANEL THOMPSON/SIR JONATHAN’S MOM “00;11;56 “THAT WE GONNA USE HIS NAME AS TO SPEAK OUR FAITH. TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE OF CHRIST. SO THAT’S WHAT IT WAS.” 00;12;03″ FAITH DEFINES THE THOMPSON FAMILY. THEY’VE NEEDED IT. JONATHAN, THE HUSBAND, FATHER AND LEADER… WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 COLON CANCER … IT WAS SUDDEN — AND DEVASTATING. HE WAS GIVEN 6 MONTHS TO LIVE. SIR JONATHAN WAS JUST 9 AT THE TIME… BUT WANTED TO FILL HIS FATHER’S SHOES… AND LEAD THE FAMILY. JANEL THOMPSON/SIR JONATHAN’S MOM 00;16;53 “AT THAT POINT, HE WAS TEACHING ME HOW TO LEAN ON WHAT WE HAD ALWAYS TAUGHT HIM… OUR FAITH.” 00;16;59″ JONATHAN LIVED 5 MORE YEARS. DURING HIS CANCER BATTLE, HE STILL MADE IT TO EVERY ONE OF SIR JONATHAN’S DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENTS AT RILEY HOSPITAL. SIR JONATHAN THOMPSON/RILEY HOSPITAL PATIENT 00;58;15 “MY DAD STILL WOKE UP. AND HE’S A MORNING PERSON, MY DAD.. WE WERE STILL UP AT 6AM TO GET HERE BY 8.” 00;58;21″ IT WAS JUT A FEW DAYS INTO SIR JONATHAN’S FRESHMAN YEAR.. WHEN HE GOT THE NEWS.. SIR JONATHAN THOMPSON/RILEY HOSPITAL PATIENT 00;56;02 “”I’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT WITH MY DAD. WE’VE ALL BEEN THOUGH A LOT WITH HIM. AND JUST… YOU CAN NEVER PREPARE FOR SOMETHING THAT TRAUMATIZING TO HAPPEN.” 00;56;13 THE FATHER AND SON … SHARED A PASSION FOR MUSIC… AND MUSICAL THEATER. “:17-:21 SOT SIR JONATHAN SINGING “IF I STAND ON MY OWN, SO BE IT..”” “STANDUP W SIR JONATHAN “BEN: A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD THINK IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO PERFORM ON STAGE.. DANCING, SINGING… YOU NEED A LOT OF LUNG POWER AND OXYGEN… HOW DO YOU DO THAT WITH YOUR ASTHMATIC CHALLENGES? SJ: IT’S DIFFICULT, YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN TO SING A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN EVERYONE ELSE.” BECAUSE SIR JONATHAN GETS ASTHMA ATTACKS AT RANDOM. SIR JONATHAN THOMPSON/RILEY HOSPITAL PATIENT 00;24;01 “IT FEELS LIKE THE WALLS ARE JUST KIND OF LIKE… CLOSING IN.” 00;24;04 LIKE AN ATTACK A FEW YEARS AGO… ON RACE WEEKEND. THE INHALER AND NEBULIZER WEREN’T ENOUGH. THIS RACE FOR SIR JONATHAN’S MOM JANEL… WAS TO SAVE HER SON’S LIFE. JANEL THOMPSON/SIR JONATHAN’S MOM 00;59;51 “I LITERALLY GET IN MY CAR WITH SIR JONATHAN.. OH JESUS… I PUT MY BLINKERS ON… AND I’M DOING A HUNDRED – A HUNDRED TEN .. I WAS LIKE IT’S A RACE… TO GET HIM TO RILEY? TO GET HIM TO RILEY! I SAID WELL, IT’S RACE WEEKEND, LET’S MOVE!” 01;00;03 THEY’VE SINCE ADDED AN “ACTION PLAN” AND CALL 911 FIRST. BUT, IT WAS MOTHERLY INSTINCT AT THE TIME. RILEY SAVED SIR JONATHAN. AND WHILE HE LOVES MUSICAL THEATER… SIR JONATHAN SINGING “01;06;34 “HORTON THE ELEPHANT HEARD A SMALL NOISE.” 01;06;38″ HIS DREAM IS TO BECOME A DOCTOR — TO HELP OTHERS… AND GIVE BACK. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT RILEY… YOU CAN BE A PART OF “BE THE HOPE NOW”. YOU’LL FIND THE LINK WITH THIS STORY AT, WTHR.COM.


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