Monks family gives thanks for community support

To the Editor:

On May 31, our eight year-old son, Peter, was diagnosed with stage 3 liver cancer, called hepatoblastoma. Since then, Peter has been courageously fighting for his life and bravely enduring treatment.

Peter’s fight and our family’s struggles did not go unnoticed. This letter is written to thank the countless people that walked along side us in prayer, love and support. Words cannot properly thank and express our gratitude, yet it is all we can offer.

Peter was a second grade student at Tashua School and a soccer and baseball player in town leagues. The Tashua School administration, faculty and staff, as well as school parents kept in close contact with our family via cards, videos, posters, gifts and emails. A meal train was established and supported our family throughout Peter’s hospitalization. Many other local organizations rendered assistance including the St. Theresa’s Knights of Columbus, Trumbull Long Hill Fire Department, Trumbull Little League, American Youth Soccer, St Theresa Church, religious prayer groups, local politicians, business leaders, clergy, neighbors, friends, and strangers. A special shout out to the children that offered their birthday gifts to Peter and the children who sold lemonade and rainbow loom bracelets this summer to support Peter.

Peter’s road to recovery took him to Yale Children’s Hospital, NY Presbyterian- Cornell Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and finally to NYPH-Columbia for his liver transplant. Wherever he went, Peter’s hospital room was decorated with all the beautiful handmade cards. The medical staff marveled at them and often asked Peter where is home and what school he attends. He proudly responded, “Trumbull” and “Tashua.” On the night of the lasagna dinner for Peter sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, it became clear that we indeed live in a wonderful town. Many people came to express their support.

Finally, thank you to all the spiritual warriors that continued to pray for Peter and his wonderful doctors and medical caretakers. Peter successfully received a liver transplant on Sept. 15 and is making a strong recovery. Your faith and ours, along with your care and support helped us through this difficult time. Although nothing was certain, we realized that anything was possible. Thank you ever so much for being there for us.

Tom and Susan Monks

and Family