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article imageMother watches son beat cancer, vote for the first time Special

By Greta McClain     Nov 6, 2012 in Politics
Mount Juliet - When a mother was told that her 12-year-old son had cancer and would not survive, she never expected he would reach his 18th birthday, much less be voting in his first Presidential election.
In 2005, Darlene Jacobs was told her son, Tim, had a brain tumor. Doctors told her not to expect him to live more than 5 years and that she would never see him graduate high school.
Tim underwent radiation treatment for the tumor every day for 6 weeks. He was determined to prove the doctors wrong, and with the support of his family and friends, he did just that. Tim not only graduated from high school, he began college in 2011, studying to become a History teacher.
Darlene and Tim went to the polls together on Tuesday, excited about voting, especially since Tim was about to cast his first ballot in an election. Darlene told Digital Journal:
"This year, he has been very interested in the election, even worked for the Tennessee Democratic Party - canvassing for local candidates. He followed this election very closely, watching every single debate and reading everything he could find.
He realized very quickly that he was a strong Obama supporter due to the healthcare needs of so many people in America. He realized that without insurance, he would not be with us today. He realized that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. His heart was in this every step of the way, and he believes in our President 100%!"
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs votes with her son Tim
Darlene Jacobs
Tim told Digital Journal:
"I'm just as excited about voting as mom is to watch me vote, maybe more so."
Both mom and son took a moment to pose for a picture after they both voted, preserving the memory of this latest milestone for years to come.
Proud of her son's strength and determination to beat cancer, Darlene watched as Tim approached the voting machine.
"Watching in line as he stepped forward to cast his ballot, I remembered that scared 12 year old boy, that went to radiation every day for 6 weeks to try and stop the growth of this ugly tumor growing inside his head….and I became a little teary eyed, realizing how lucky this world is to have Tim in it. How lucky students will be to have such a caring teacher. How lucky he, and anyone in his situation will be, to never worry about insurance coverage, if his candidate is re-elected!"
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