John Francis Hoague-Rivette – Terminal Cancer Patient Asks for Patches and Prayers
John Francis Hoague-Rivette is an eleven year old terminal cancer patient. He was diagnosed in May this year with a rare, terminal cancer: a grade 3 Glioma tumor. Since then more tumors from the aggressive cancer have appeared. After as much treatment as doctors could give, he is home under hospice care.
In March, doctors failed to see the tumor growing in his brain, and diagnosed him with “inflammation.” But John was unable to eat properly and started to have seizures that lasted about an hour, according to Fox. The devastating news came in May.
The boy seems to respond to the outpouring of love from law enforcement, military, fire, and even Patriots former football tight end Rob Gronkowski. He got a letter from Marine veteran Sen Tom Cotton as well. He has received letters, patches, and coins from across the nation with the exception of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
“John’s great-grandpa served in World War II, his papa was in the Navy and a firefighter, [his] dad and grandfather are Marines and his dad is a police officer…He grew up knowing that police, firemen, EMTs and military members were a part of something bigger than themselves. He respects them and admired them.” (John’s Mom) Carrie Rivette, who also told news media that John’s two uncles served in the Air Force and are now members of Fire and EMT first responders.
He comes by his love of service naturally. Washington County Sheriff’s Department made him an honorary Captain. He has been visited by many members of the first responder community, as well as military. The coins and patches he has received reportedly put a “smile” on his face when the days are difficult.
It is devastating for any parent to receive the news that there’s nothing that can be done for their child. Childhood brain cancer steals the lives of many children across the nation. The survival rate for this type of aggressive cancer is low, so time is of the essence.
You can address letters and packages to: “Captain” John Francis Hoague-Rivette at PO Box 6, Whitehall, NY 12887.
Featured photo: NYPD K9 Lou and Officer Paul with Whitehall PD visit John. (Carrie Rivette)