Boise teen fighting cancer asks for birthday postcards

Posted at 8:54 PM, Sep 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-03 22:54:16-04

14-year-old Jorge Ibanez-Ruiz isn't like most kids. The Boise teen is fighting osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. The cancer was discovered in mid-June and he's been fighting it with chemotherapy at St. Luke's Children's Hospital ever since.
"When we found out it was heartbreaking like it was sad I was crying, everybody was down," said Sidney Donaldson Jorge's stepdad. 

But Jorge and his family aren't fighting cancer alone. A video showing get-well-soon cards made by his friends raised Jorge's spirit. Seeing their son's smile, his parent's have come up with an idea. Jorge's 15th birthday is on September 13th and they want more people to send in postcards showing that he is loved.

"For him to be happy and to know that people care. The more postcards we get the happier he'll be and more excited," said Donaldson.

Already they've received fifty cards. The support Jorge has received from not just family and friends but complete strangers have left them feeling blessed.

"Blessed that everybody is caring about us, cares about him, thinking about him that they're in their hearts and praying for him," said Donaldson

A surgery a little more than a week after his birthday hopes to remove a tumor, and Jorge and his family hope to get all the support they can.

"We'll be confident we can get that out and be healthy," said Donaldson."

You can send a postcard to 2837 west Malad street Boise Idaho 83705.