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Heartland Hospice Provides "Stay-Cation" for Young Patient

Heartland Hospice serving Tide Water along with area businesses recently came together to provide a local Virginia Beach City family with a “stay-cation.” Jacob Babonis, an 18 year-old hospice patient, was diagnosed with Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma at the age of 14. This rare cancer attacks bone and soft tissue and has no cure. Instead of attending high school as a normal teenager would, his plans were traded in for years of surgeries and seemingly endless amounts of chemotherapy and radiation.

As the Heartland team began caring for Jacob and getting to know his family – mom, Alisha and brothers, Ethan and Cooper, the team realized that the family had never experienced a family vacation. Heartland worked with local businesses to provide the family with this special time to experience some summer fun while making cherished memories together. Highlights of the “stay-cation” included hotel accommodations, a cabana on the beach, a boat cruise with dolphins, a trip to Ocean Breeze waterpark and a family photography session.

Local businesses who contributed to Jacob’s family vacation included: Surfbreak Hotel, Sunrise Beach Service, Florence Womacks Photography, Rudee Tours, Waterman’s Susrfside Grille, Chix Seaside Grille and Bar, Scrambled Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 11th Street Taphouse Bar and Grille, The Egg Bistro-Virginia Beach, and Calypso Bar and Grill.

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