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We miss you Sick Kids!

Jack and family have now been in California for just over 8 months. This is the longest Jack’s wee brother, 4–year–old Noah has gone without needing to go to the hospital with breathing problems. Last weekend we had our first experience of an American ER.

Noah had managed to pick up Pneumonia and by Saturday 3am, his breathing deteriorated to the point where Dad rushed him to our local hospital.

Noah receiving treatment at the ER
Noah receiving treatment at the ER

Thankfully after good care and quick medicine, Noah is on the mend and out of hospital now. But at the time, like it is EVERYTIME he needs to go to hospital, it can be very scary.

As Noah was recovering after his medicine and treatment, he was super–bored as there was literally nothing to do in the ER for kids.

He did watch the Policeman in the next room looking after a handcuffed prisoner and the lady over the corridor asking for beer instead of medicine.

Noah asked over and over for some books, crayons or toys. After a while even my iPhone proved boring and he asked to go to the other hospital with the toys!

Bored Noah waiting and wanting to go home
Bored Noah waiting and wanting to go home

You can see by our own real–life example how important dedicated kids hospitals are. Especially Edinburgh’s finest — the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

The work that they do, with the support of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation is vital to the recovery of many children (and their families).

We have received SO MANY messages from former Sick Kids patients, now grown–ups themselves, who have heard about Jack and want to say THANK YOU for his fundraising, and mentioning the help the Sick Kids gave them when they were younger.

Without the Sick Kids, a lot of grown–ups would not be with us today.

If you can spare a couple of quid, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation can put it to really good use, helping Sick Kids and their families.

You can donate anytime on Jack’s JustGiving page and we would all really appreciate it.

Sick Kids, we miss you!

We bought Noah a San Francisco 49ers helmet as a little treat for getting out of hospital
We bought Noah a San Francisco 49ers helmet as a little treat for getting out of hospital
Noah is out of hospital now and back to enjoying his new found love of American sports
Noah is out of hospital now and back to enjoying his new found love of American sports

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The Storybots for The StoryBots

Jack was asked by The StoryBots to draw a picture for them. Jack and his brother are big fans so they all had an awesome time drawing their own versions of their favourite colourful singing robots.

The StoryBots for The StoryBots by Jack Henderson
The StoryBots for The StoryBots by Jack Henderson

Jack says:

Dear StoryBots, thank you very much for your cool iPad games, videos and stories. My brothers Toby and Noah and I really like them a lot. You have done a great job. Thank you for your donation to the Sick Kids, have a Happy Drawing Day, bye!

PS — I would love to come visit you one day!

Here is one of their videos that Jack likes, its all about the letter J.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bGQ-XlLk8M

Happy 4th Birthday to my wee brother Noah

Happy 4th Birthday to Jack’s wee brother Noah (the sick one whose visits to the Sick Kids inspired Jack). Photo courtesy of Jack’s Mum and shows Noah age 0, 1, 2, 3 and (almost) 4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Noah Henderson, ages 0, 1, 2, 3 and almost 4 (photo by Rose Henderson)
Noah Henderson, ages 0, 1, 2, 3 and almost 4 (photo by Rose Henderson)

Jack asked me to point out that today is his half birthday (he and Noah have birthdays exactly 6 months apart). Jack is 8½ today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH! Lots of love from Jack, Toby, Mum & Dad.

Jack to receive Special Recognition Award at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Heroes of the Hospital 20th Anniversary Awards

Jack’s acceptance speech for his Special Recognition at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Heroes of the Hospital 20th Anniversary Awards

This year is the 20th anniversary of The Sick Kids Friends Foundation. This is the charity which raises funds and supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the charity & hospital which Jack has been fundraising for.

This week sees the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Heroes of the Hospital 20th Anniversary Awards. The awards highlight just how many special patients, parents, staff, volunteers and supporters there has been at the Hospital and in the Community, over the last 20 years.

Jack is to be presented with a Special Recognition Award in light of his fundraising over the last few years.

Since Jack is unable to make the Awards Ceremony & Lunch, he has made a little video which hopefully gets played on the day. If not, here it is now!

Video

by Jack Henderson

Jack’s acceptance speech for his Special Recognition at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation Heroes of the Hospital 20th Anniversary Awards

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9nmef0m12M

Transcript

  1. [SQUEAKY DOOR OPENS]
  2. Hello
  3. I’m Jack from Jack Draws Anything, in California.
  4. I wanted to say thank you for the Special Recognition Award.
  5. Thank you very much…and…I…I hope you all win the Award…very happily.
  6. This is from Jack, have a nice drawing day.
  7. Bye!
  8. [DOOR SLAM]
  9. Cut!

Inscription

The inscription on Jack’s award reads In recognition of the wonderful, unique Jack Draws Anything fundraising campaign.

Thank You

Jack and all his family would like to say a big well done to all the nominees, Award winners and Sick Kids supporters. Thank you to The Sick Kids Friends Foundation for their recognition. We hope everyone has a nice time at the event.

We hope Jack’s Grandma & Grandad will be kind enough to bring his Award over to California when they visit in the Summer.

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California Drawing

As Jack reaches the end of his first school year in California, he brought home some wonderful art he has produced this term. These were done entirely on his own during his scheduled art time. He thought it might be nice to share some of these with his website. Descriptions of the art are in Jack’s own words.

Made–up Purple Flower by Jack Henderson
Made–up Purple Flower by Jack Henderson
Red Indian Target by Jack Henderson
Red Indian Target by Jack Henderson
The Square Zone by Jack Henderson
The Square Zone by Jack Henderson
The Golden Gate Bridge by Jack Henderson
The Golden Gate Bridge by Jack Henderson

He has been soaking up the sun and art here in California. We have already visited the Schulz Museum and very soon we will be off to The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).