Thompson, the son of Duff and Missy (Almaroad) Wagoner, was diagnosed with the condition on his six month birthday, April 24.
His parents suspected a lazy eye or a cataract when they carried him to a local doctor who referred him to a doctor at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. He was then seen by doctors at the Eye Foundation in Birmingham before being sent to St. Jude’s.
Thompson has two small tumors in his right eye, which are not affecting his vision. A large tumor behind his left eye has left him unable to see.
“He can see great out of his right eye,” said Missy. “He’s the happiest baby. “He’s always calm and always smiling. You’d never know there’s anything wrong. That’s what breaks our hearts the most. He’s so innocent and sweet.”
Missy and Duff said Thompson is a typical 6-month-old and does everything that is expected at his age. He rolls over, sits up and what he seems to enjoy the most is watching his 5-year-old brother, Sam-Parker.
The Wagoners say that Sam-Parker loves his little brother and is proud of him.
“He understands right now as much as a 5-year-old can,” said Missy. “But he wants Thompson to get better. He kisses his eyes.”
Family and friends had a fund raiser Saturday next to the Rocket where they sold 200 t-shirts. The shirts are yellow with gray lettering and have the words “Team Thompson” on them as well as words to the song, “Jesus Loves Me.”
More shirts are on order and will be here any day. They come in sizes from onesies to 3X. Sizes up to extra large are $15; 2X to 3X are $17.
T-shirts can be ordered by contacting Alyson Dobbins Mims at firstname.lastname@example.org; Lori Blackmon at email@example.com, or Heather Almaroad at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made to the Thompson Nash Wagoner Fund at Cheaha Bank in Jacksonville.
Everyone is invited to go to Team Thompson on Facebook for updates, future fundraisers information and photos.
“We are just so blessed and humbled by all the support by our friends and family,” said Crissy Werner, Missy’s sister. “My heart is so touched by all my friends who have reached out to organize things, help with fund raisers and sell t-shirts. There’s no way we can ever repay people for what they’re doing. It makes me want to cry when I think about all the support and prayers we’ve received.”
Thompson’s parents also express their appreciation and ask everyone to continue to pray for their son
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