Pass It On: Friends For Life

(WREG-TV) There’s never a good time to get bad news about our health, but when it happens to the youngest among us, it can be especially cruel.

So we couldn’t help but be touched by an email we received from a viewer in Olive Branch who’s worried about a friend whose young son has cancer.

We met Justin Waldheim on a cold winter afternoon.

This Justin wants to Pass It On to his buddy Justin Johnson, an Olive Branch firefighter.

It seemed like yesterday only they were 10 years old and playing ball, but in the past 15 years, they’ve been in each others’ weddings, and started their careers and families.

Then, late last year, “they’ve gone through the unthinkable here. He’s a young guy, mid-20s just like myself. Known him most of my life. They found out their son Jaxson had a brain tumor not long before the holidays started.”

They hope the tumor was removed.

But now St. Jude is recommending they take their son to Jacksonville, Fla., for proton radiation treatments that can’t be done here.

That will be expensive, but Justin says his buddy never complains.

“He’s been there for his family and also been there for his community at the same time, and really exemplified himself to me and the rest of our friends how good of a husband and man he is.”

Time to pass it on.

We follow Justin to fire station number three on Hacks Cross Road, where his friend’s mother-in-law is in on the surprise and helped get wife Jessica and 2-year-old Jaxson to the fire house.

Justin says he’s been overwhelmed how everyone’s rallied to help his family.

“The support you get around the clock anytime of the day. It’s great.”

Who says only bad things come in threes? Apparently good things do too.

“It’s really humbling. Makes me proud to come in here and be able to do this for him.”

Playmaker Justin and his wife are going to take recipient Justin and his wife for a special dinner out before they head down to Florida.

Click here to visit the donation page that has been set up for baby Jaxson.