This Boy’s Response to a Challenge that Tested Every Fabric Of His Being: “Fear Isn’t Real”

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By Anne Cacherell

This young boy is Joe Henson of Williamsport, Maryland.


At the age of 11, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, an aggressive and a highly malignant form of brain cancer.


Undergoing all the operations is a long and difficult battle for Joe and his mom. The invasive surgeries, series of chemotherapy and radiation treatment have taken a mental and financial toll on his family.


When his mother asked him the night before his brain surgery if he was afraid, Joe uttered, “No mom, Dad always taught me that fear isn’t real, it’s all in your head.” He seemed to inherit his courage from his father, who passed away 4 years ago in a tragic car accident.


Unfortunately, he lost his voice after the operation. But Joe’s last spoken words inspired his family and friends not to give up on hope and on him. From then on, they started getting help from everywhere. Concerned people set up a GiveForward crowdfunding page.


It also called the attention of celebrities like Chris Pratt and his wife, Anna Farris, who gave a big financial contribution to Joe’s family.


Moreover, when family friends started selling Fear Isn’t Real t-shirts for a cause, Chris Pratt promoted the merchandise through Twitter and promised to re-tweet all the photos of people who have purchased the gear.


Over 300 shirts were sold in the first 2 days of the fundraising campaign and sold over 3,000 to date. Furthermore, Chris Pratt and Henson Family have successfully raised nearly a $100,000 for Joe’s hospital and medical expenses.

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