By Federico Cornetto
Members of a local community have been gathering on a child’s front yard to greet and entertain him while he’s in isolation for cancer treatment.
Quinn Waters, three, from Weymouth, Massachusetts, is in isolation after receiving a stem cell transplant earlier in June, and a high dose of chemotherapy which wiped out his immune system.
Quinn is home-bound and on a restricted diet, however, friends and strangers alike have been stopping by his front yard daily to greet and entertain him so that he can enjoy life despite his predicament.
Whether it’s someone performing a song, a juggling trick or just driving by to honk, Quinn will watch on elatedly by his room’s window as the show unravels before his eyes.
Mum Tara Waters, 42, who is a Police Officer with the Quincy Police Department, said: “Quinn was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, just a few days after his birthday on February 3.
“His restrictions include a low-bacteria diet, so fruit with hard skins that can be thoroughly washed and are grown in US only, no frozen yogurt, no soft drinks from machines, no popcorn, no ice.
“He does walk freely, however at night he is attached to a feeding tube machine because what he ingests orally is not enough to sustain his weight.
“The visits started when a friend of mine who is a musician reworded the song The Mighty Quinn to fit Quinnie and came to sing for him while he watched from his window.
“Then my co-workers on the Special Operations Unit were in the area doing a funeral escort and stopped by to say hi, and from then on the ‘Quinn-Dow’ kind of snowballed.
“Some strangers have visited, like country singer and local radio host Ayla Brown.
“I haven’t asked anyone who visits to do it, they are doing it out of love for Quinn and kindness of their hearts.
“People have been so amazing, the sons of the Quincy Police Swat team had a massive water balloon fight through the window with Quinn and he loved it.”
According to Tara, Quinn could be out of isolation at the end of August, depending on variations in his white blood cell count.
Meanwhile, he’s able to experience a ‘normal’ life thanks to the efforts of members of his community.
Tara said: “Every little or huge visit makes Quinn’s day.
“It’s his window to the world and it’s done him well after being in treatment inpatient at the children’s hospital, where he only interacted with his parents and the doctors.
“It’s good that he can socialise and stay a little ‘normal’ through the window.
“So, out of a terrible disease comes some good in the world and Quinn has had experiences some kids never have.
“He doesn’t ask to go outside or get mad he can’t, he doesn’t pity himself, he has the best outlook on life and laugh and plays until bedtime.
“His phrase is ‘this is the best day ever’ which he repeats multiple times every day.”