A woman named Angel and her son Chase recently visited the Apple store in Tucson, Ariz., where they were surprised by how kind two staff members were.
While at the store, Chase sat down at a table to do his homework, and his mother began talking to a sales associate. Angel said that she noticed another employee talking with Chase, and she didn’t think much of it at the time. But a few minutes later, the store manager came up to her and asked if he could speak with her.
Angel assumed that her children had broken something or touched something they shouldn’t have, but that wasn’t the case at all.
Instead, the Apple store manager, Jason Greer, said that, Vicki, the sales associate who was talking with Chase, had told him about their conversation and was in tears about what had been said.
Vicki said that she asked Chase what he was doing, and he said that he was working on his homework because he had been out of school for a year after being diagnosed with cancer. He said that he was in first grade when he should have been in second grade, and he needed to make sure he completed his homework so he would make it to second grade next year.
Chase had been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer called CPC when he was just two years old. He underwent six months of chemotherapy and two months of radiation. He also went under the knife twice to get rid of the cancer. Following his initial treatment, he returned to school, but two years later, doctors detected another tumor. Chase has continued to battle ever since, but his mother says that he remains positive.
Greer told Angel that stories like her son’s inspire him, and he asked her if he could give Chase something. She agreed and he handed Vicki a new iPod Nano to give to Chase. Vicki, who was still in tears from the whole ordeal, handed the iPod to Chase, and he quietly thanked her.
Angel was so grateful that she later posted a Facebook status about what had happened. In her post, she noted that her son has been obsessed with time since his hospital stay. She said that it is his way of coping with the anxiety of his disease and knowing what will come next. Angel also said that Chase loves music, so the iPod was a perfect gift.
She added that the Apple employees made her son’s week, and that she hopes the status update gets back to Vicki and Greer so that they know how much of an impact they made on her son.