ETX teen returns from Sochi games with priceless gift from Shaun White
Overton, TX (KETK) — 16-year-old Judson Stone of Overton was one of three recipients nationwide to receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Sochi Russia for the Winter Olympic Games. Thanks to the Make-a-wish foundation, Stone says this was a gift he never saw coming; but nonetheless was excited to go— “I couldn't wait to get there you know, I was stoked it was actually happening." Stone said.
Stone was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia 2 years ago, and since then it’s been rough on the Stone family, but Karen Stone, Jusdon’s mother says this trip took some of that pain away, "9 days you were there, you forget about the hospital the clinic the chemo the side effects,” she said.
Judson started snowboarding at the age of 9 after seeing his idol Shaun White on the slopes, "I saw him at his first Olympics when he was in Italy and that's what motivated me to start snowboarding." Judson said, and he came home from Sochi Friday with a priceless gift. An autographed snowboard from White, a board he used in the 2014 Olympics.
Judson’s parents say to see how happy was, even if it was a short time, meant the world to them. And Karen and David Stone say they were happy they got a chance to heal on the trip, "For two years it was hard for me to even talk about Judson's illness without crying, and I came back with a different attitude toward the illness, I haven't accepted it yet, but I can talk about it now."
Jusdon has to undergo chemo once a month, and will continue his treatment for about two years, doctors are hopeful after that Judson will be in remission.