When I hear someone say Tommy Peterson's name I think "Hey I know him. That’s my childhood friend."
One of my favorite childhood memories is when Tommy and I got to go to Video Game Heaven. That’s what we called Dave and Busters. Tommy and I loved to play video games at home but it was exciting to go to out to play and win tickets. We played so many different things. It was so much fun. Tommy won a lot of tickets, but the best moment was when I hit the jackpot on the mole game. You know, the one where you get to hit the mole that comes out of the hole. Tommy was right next to me cheering me on. The tickets started coming out and didn't stop! We started screaming! It was so exciting! I couldn’t wait to see what I would get from the counter. When I got all my tickets together I saw I had way more than Tommy so I did what any good friend would do. I gave him mine. Tommy had so much fun picking out toys. His favorite purchase was the Whoopee Cushion. (which we all had to sit on every time you came to see him)
What I wish I could say is, "Oh I know Tommy-We went to Six Flags last week" or "I know Tommy-that’s my buddy" or "Tommy does this trick on his bike. You should see it, it’s awesome." These are the things I should be able to say but I can’t. I only have so many stories I can tell you about my childhood friend. I only had so much time with him because he was taken away by childhood cancer just a few weeks before his 7th birthday. He wasn’t just taken from me. He was taken away from his Mom and Dad from his friends from church and his friends from school. We all lost when he was taken.
I’m 14 now and I still miss him! I have been writing these letters for kids like Tommy for 5 years and I don’t know if it makes and difference. I do know it makes a difference to me because I don’t ever want to forget about Tommy and all he meant to us. You can make a difference and give, every little bit helps. It can help a child grow beyond childhood to be a kid, a teen and an adult. Please help fight childhood cancer and give.
Tommy’s childhood friend