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Laura sends her deepest thank yous to everyone who has volunteered to work on this project and has given me some more details about Little Jack:

He has spikey blond hair and blue eyes.

He likes all sorts of fantasty stuff.  He had a Harry Potter birthday party last year.

He's American and has a younger sister who has some severe jealousy issues where he's had to have more attention.

He was very active and sporty and did just about every school team going.

He lives at the base of some steep hills that are on the verge of being classed as mountains according to his dad.  He used to play up there a lot.

He loves dogs, but avoid involving snakes as he got a bad bite from one at the time of the accident.

He's very cheeky, does the tongue sticking out between his teeth smile, and was very outgoing around strangers.

He dresses as Superman a lot, and he likes bright colors and always wears jeans.

She sent him a clip of the Doctor telling Martha about Gallifrey, and his dad said he was in awe of it.  Maybe one of the artists could do a picture of him in the gardens?

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tempusdominus10
Jun. 9th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I hate to be a spoilsport, but, as I feel very strongly about the misuse of children's information, I have to ask... do we have any way of knowing this child is real? My dear dear friend -and mutually adopted sibling- who writes and has several family members with prosthetics says this is bogus... I will show them this -little Jack- story and see what they think. Please don't take this as a personal affront, as I am only asking this for the safety of this child.
amberfocus
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
No offense taken. There are always going to be naysayers, I suppose. But honestly, your friend has no way of knowing this child's situation. He or she is simply assuming. Not everyone can be fitted with prosthetics. It depends on what is left after amputation and sometimes there is simply not enough.

This was the case for my fried Reena, who lost her leg up to the hip due to a staph infection. She will never be able to use a prosthetic. There is no way to attach it properly. To say something is bogus just because his or her own personal experience with prosthetics has been positive doesn't mean he or she is correct. It just means he or she is skeptical and doesn't think so. That's all.

No identifying details are given about this child. Not even his real name, this is just what they have asked he be called for the purposes of a story. No money is being made from this and no one is being exploited. Your friend is welcome to his or her cynicism. I prefer optimism and doing something proactive.

I will say that my friend Laura is dead honest. She has never lied to me about anything and is herself in respite care at the moment due to her own situation. She simply asked me to write a story. I don't do kid!fic so I passed it along, with her blessing, in the hopes of finding authors who can. It's as simple and unsinister as that.
eve_from_oz
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Besides which even if this was a fake little boy (I didn't think that for a second it was) what's the worst that happens?

A group of people get together to write G rated Doctor Who fic :)
tempusdominus10
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
An honest answer. I am writing a story for the little tyke as we speak. I hope it will suffice. (i do get abit verbose at times, but I do good with kids. they wuvs me! and I wuv them so wait for it, okay? I will tell you when it's done... tell me when you are accepting them and I will send, as I have a very bad memory and may very well forget which journal I am supposed to send it to!)
amberfocus
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
You can send it in at any time. I think simply posting them in the comm is going to be the best way to go here.
tempusdominus10
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
well crackers guys.. i wanted to write a story for JAck with my friend, but neither of us seem able to come up with an idea worthy of the cause... good luck to everyone who is able to!!!
orange_crush42
Jun. 9th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I would agree with the concerns of the previous commenter.

That said, I was wondering about the little sister. See, I don't know diddly about Doctor Who, but maybe I could write a little story for the sister? Depending on how old she is and what she's into. It's terrible to be in the situation Jack is in, but it's also hard to be a sibling in that situation, too.

Also: would this little boy be open to Harry Potter stories?
amberfocus
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
Laura says the little girl is into girly girl stuff. Lots of pink and tutus and feathers. Maybe magical creatures like unicorns. Having a story for her would be lovely. She feels very forgotten about.

As for Harry Potter, the concern there is that everything is cured by magic in that universe and of course in this situation, nothing is going to mend this child. For example, having his legs grow back in the story would be detrimetal to the child's mental health, because it could never really happen, but he's at that age where faith in magic still exists, you know? So I'd have to say if you did, you'd want to write one that the child is not actually in. Just a story for him, not one about him.
patsy1665
Jun. 10th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
I am a double below the knee amputee. While I understand that things may look grim for this little boy, if you could somehow let him know, that Prosthetists are coming up with newer and newer ways of helping amputees every day. Don't give up hope. Ten years ago, there was no such thing as microprossessors in knee joints. Now there are. Double amputees like myself run marathons. :)
amberfocus
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
It would be lovely to think he could do something like that one day. His situation is a bit grimmer than yours, sadly. His legs are off very high, one almost at the hip. He sits on a special cushion to stop from overbalancing. He also had some damage to his pelvis and spine. He's not paralyzed, but the damage will always hamper things.

I think it's wonderful that you can do so much and I hope that one day science will advance enough that it could help someone like this child, too.

tempusdominus10
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
good for you, Patsy! Great for you! what a wonderful thing. -HUGZ!!!-
glory_jean
Jun. 12th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
As an aside, there is a (lately underused) comm for kids that Jack could also be directed to: tardis_children. It still has a lot of nice stories and fanart by kids and adults that are G-rated.
queenfaithie
Jun. 13th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Does the little sister have a name? XD
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