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Saving Jason Lee A Story of Family, Science and Love by Dick Cooper Even after 24 years, the memory of watching their young son battle leukemia brings a torrent of raw emotion to Jim and Holley Lee. Jim’s eyes water as he talks about the years of treatment that their son, Jason, went through. Holley still grapples with a sense of helplessness as she remembers watching Jason being locked in a radiation chamber calling out, “Mommy, I’m scared.” “But this is a good story,” says

Jim as he and his family sit on a sofa in Jason’s computer shop in Easton. It is a good story because Jason, now 30, is sitting on the sofa bet ween his folk s, pet t ing Cooper, the mixed-breed that he just adopted f rom t he Huma ne Society. In 1987, the stor y was not so good. Jason was dy ing quick ly of a v irulent strain of leukemia that

Jason with his family, parents Holley and Jim, and grandmothers Flo Brewer and Adriana Lee. 27

January 2012 Tidewater Times  

January 2012 Tidewater Times

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