Neighbors juggle, sing songs and hold hand-stand races on child’s front yard to entertain him as he is stuck indoors while undergoing cancer treatment
- Quinn Waters was left house-bound after being diagnosed with brain cancer
- Stem cell transplant and high dose of chemo wiped out boy’s immune system
- Friends and strangers have pooled their creative talents to put a smile in his face
- Trucks, jugglers and musicians have stopped by his window in Weymouth, Mass
A community have been performing tricks, singing songs and driving trucks past the yard of a house-bound cancer-stricken toddler in an effort to boost his spirits.
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.
The three-year-old was diagnosed with medulloblastoma – a form of brain cancer – in April and has been stuck in his home and on a restricted diet as a result of the punishing regime of treatments.
But friends and strangers alike have been stopping by his front window on a daily basis to greet and entertain him in a bid to try and help him enjoy life despite his medical problems.
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.
Quinn Waters (right), three, from Weymouth, Massachusetts, watching people entertain him from his window including a man juggling fruit and taking bits out of it
Quinn watching police vehicles drive passed his window and letting off their sirens (left) as a man suddenly appears at the window to say ‘hi’ (right)
Mother 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.
One man dressed as Superman and paid Quinn a visit to entertain him while he was quarantined in his home
Emergency services personnel came by to try and boost Quinn’s spirit by visiting him at his front window and performing in his yard
‘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.
Strangers and friends popped by to chat to Quinn (left) and one man performed a hand-stand on his front yard (right)
Some neighbors did hand-stands and other did wheelbarrow races as part of a community push to cheer up the ill boy
‘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 socialize 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.’
Members of a local community have been gathering on a Quinn’s front yard to greet and entertain him while hes in isolation for cancer treatment
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