Family with Ailing Son Gets Backyard Makeover

7:16 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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Sixteen-year-old Jonathon Tompkins loves baseball.

"That's really the only thing that makes me feel good right now," said Tompkins.

Tompkins has what is called Jackhammer Esophagus.

"That's where the muscles in the esophagus spasm. It does not matter if he's eating, drinking, he can just be sitting and they'll spasm. They say it's like a person that's having a heart attack," said Kat Tompkins, Jonathon's mother.

The Toomsboro 10th grader has been in and out of the hospital since he was 14, but recently his illness has gotten worse. It keeps him from playing baseball as often as he'd like.

Cutting Edge Landscaping wanted to help out as part of their Backyard Makeover Project. "We are going in and redesigning it. To give him a little pleasure for the summertime. He's a big baseball fan, so we're doing a baseball theme," said Jim Bloodworth, owner of the company.

"I feel overwhelmed because I feel like you know..maybe somebody else deserved it more than we did. When you stay up here at a children's hospital, you see a lot of things and you're kind of in your pity puddle here, but when you walk the halls you see you're thankful for why you're here," said Kay.

This project has been five months in the making, and they are in the last leg of the landscaping.

"The main thing that I'm hoping for is a batting cage and I really honestly don't care what I have or what I get they could've just cleaned it up for me and I would have been happy with it," said Tompkins.

Crews are on-schedule to finish the work soon and once Tompkins is out of the hospital all will be revealed.

"I'm ready to get out of here so I can see it," said Tompkins.

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