A sweet eight-year-old boy from Tucson, Arizona, Chase Lock, was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer in his brain at the young age of two.
4After going through chemotherapy and radiation for months, along with a surgery, he was told he was cancer free and his mother, Angel, was filled with joy. Unfortunately, a couple months later, Chase was diagnosed with another tumor and he has been fighting it ever since.
Angel brought Chase to an Apple store recently. He sat down at one of the tables and did his homework, while she spoke to a store associate.
She looked over and saw that another store associate had taken a seat next to Chase at the table and was talking to him. Moments later, the store manager came up to Angel and asked to speak with her.
3She immediately thought that maybe Chase had broken something in the expensive store, but that was far from the truth. What happened next touched Angel so much that she posted about it to her Facebook page.
“Please share. Today, my kids and I were in the Apple Store at La Encantada in Tucson, Arizona. My son, Chase, was at one of the tables working on his homework while I talked to one of the Apple associates.
In the corner of my eye, I noticed an associate speaking to Chase and I thought it was so nice he took the time to chat with him.
I did not think much of it but later when I was talking to the other Apple associate, the manager Jason Greer came up and said ‘excuse me’ – at the time I thought he needed to talk to the associate that I was speaking with so I said ‘thank you for your help’ and prepared to leave.”
2“Then the manager said, ‘I was actually hoping to speak with you.’ I was caught off guard, and as a mother of two, I hoped he would not say that my children had touched something they shouldn’t have. Jason told me that Vicki came to the back to find him in tears to tell him about my son Chase.
She said that she was asking Chase about what he was doing and Chase said, ‘Oh I am working on my homework. I am in first grade and I should be in second grade, but I was in the hospital for a year because I have brain cancer and I really want to make sure I make it to second grade next year.'”
1“Jason said that it is stories like Chase’s that make him love his job because they love to make a difference. He asked if he could give Chase something, I was still in shock and said of course. He handed an iPod Nano to Vicki for her to give to Chase. She was still teary eyed as she handed the Nano to Chase.
Chase is super shy, so he gently said, ‘thank you.’ What they did not know is that Chase is OBSESSED with time, it is one of the ways he copes with the anxiety issues he has from his ‘hospital life.’ It is his way of knowing what will come next.
In addition, he loves music (Queen is his current favorite). Chase has spent ALL night checking the time on his Nano and singing ‘We Will Rock You.’ They absolutely made his week!!!!”
How awesome was it of these employees to pay it forward out of the goodness of their hearts and give a little gift to Chase that he will always remember? What a great story.
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