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By cpecikozic | April 13, 2015

Jaylon2 MemorialWhen Jaylon Fong wrote President Barack Obama a letter thanking him for calling attention to childhood cancers during his 2012 victory speech, he didn't expect much. Jaylon just wanted to share a little bit of his personal experience with cancer while being treated at City of Hope and his appreciation for all the president has done, which allowed him to focus on getting well.

Not only did Jaylon receive a response from the White House about his letter, he was also invited to attend the 137th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Jaylon decided to document and share his journey to the White House with us as a reminder that when courage meets hope, anything is possible.

Jaylon’s Journey: During my [cancer] treatment I saw our president mention a girl with leukemia in his 2012 victory speech. That moment really touched me and my family. It was always in the back of our minds to write to the president.

With my treatment completed, I decided to finally write to our president. In January 2015, I sent him my letter which was inspired by his speech.

In March, we got a call from the White House letting us know they received my letter. They were touched by my story and offered us tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll. We were all beyond excited. Never did I imagine they would respond so quickly.

It was my first time in Washington, D.C. We visited many of the monuments and memorials. There were a lot of museums to see as well. The highlight was our White House tour.

After our White House tour, we received our tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll. In the package was a personal letter from President Barack Obama.

The day of the White House Easter Egg Roll was beautiful. There were lots of events going on such as egg rolls, hula hooping, dancing, basketball, tennis, egg dyeing, obstacle courses and, of course, egg hunting. My family and I had a great time on the White House lawn.

The trip was amazing and I was so honored to be featured on the website.

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