He hasn’t been in school all year – yet his presence is felt at Maize Middle School every day. Jonathan Ho is a 7th grader and has a rare form of cancer.
It is so rare fewer than 200 cases are diagnosed worldwide. His condition means he can’t be around others much so he does his schoolwork at home. While going through cancer treatments in Texas, he and his family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House.
Jonathan’s mother says the support they received at the Ronald McDonald House was priceless.
“Fellow friends who actually go through the same thing that know what he’s going through,” said Mary Le Ho.
When Maize Middle School staff asked Jonathan what they could do to help, they received an interesting answer.
Jonathan wanted to not only help his family but the place that helped him. He asked if everyone would start collecting pop tabs which would be turned into money for the Ronald McDonald House. Soon, hundreds, even thousands of pop tabs started coming in. What started as a small donation drive has blossomed into an incredible effort for Jonathan.
Besides collecting pop tabs, the community is helping Jonathan and his family in another way.
On Saturday, November 13, there will be a Teeter-Totter-A-Thon at the Northwest YMCA. It begins at seven o'clock in the morning and runs until four o'clock. You can pay one dollar a minute to teeter-totter or just make a donation to the Jonathon Ho medical expense fund.