‘What I Want To Be When I Grow Up’ – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

by Robbie Owens | CBS 11

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jaxon Starling was an intermediate school sprinter, up until the physician called the day after Christmas 2019.

“We were dealing with this pain in his leg, an ache that continued to worsen,” describes his mom, Shay Roberts. “And then to find out it’s cancer? It’s like it’s a parent’s worst nightmare.”

The Frisco teenager had actually been detected with phase 4 osteosarcoma– a bone cancer that had currently started to spread out.

“It’s been a little rough,” confesses Jaxon in a peaceful voice– a mix of common teenage shyness and the chemotherapy. “Not feeling that well.”

When the household stopped reeling long enough to understand that the problem was genuine– Erase Children Cancer existed.

The not-for-profit offers resources for households, fundraising for research study, and today a unique picture display at North Park Center intends to raise awareness.

“You have these kids who are sick.. .but they also have futures, and they have goals,” states Aashik Khakoo, CEO, Erase Children’ Cancer. “It’s all about ‘what I want to do when I grow up’? How can we help them grow up?”

Cindy Brinker Simmons is the Creator of WOKC and is the display co-chair, along with volunteer Karee Sampson.

Professional photographer Marc Robins contributed his artistry to offer the pictures.

And they all understand that the effect exceeds the photos.

“It really brightened him up,” states Roberts of her boy Jaxon. “I’m looking and in awe and he’s smiling and has the biggest grin on his face. It’s really uplifting for them. I just think it really gives them the courage to keep going.”

Khakoo states he thinks about all the kids included in the display “his kids” and motivates North Texans to get included.

“How can we help them grow up? They need help with resources, they need help with research, they need help getting through this battle! And do we have to wait until it’s our child to be in action? I say ‘no’.”

Jaxon was enjoyed be consisted of in the display, and states he desires “to be a graphic designer and an actor.”

And his mama had this to state about the cancer that threatens to stand in his method.

“Stage four cancer. I know there’s a God and I know he is a miracle worker,” describes Roberts. “I’ve seen him do it and my faith is strong enough to believe he can do it for Jaxon.”

So, while they await their wonder, she’s motivating North Park buyers to take a minute. And take in the power of tomorrow’s dreams.

“It will make you cry,” she alerts, “if you have any feeling at all for kids… it will bring you to tears.”

The “When I Grow Up” warrior pictures will be on screen up until Sunday in on the lower level of NorthPark Center in between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.