A Woman Surprises Her Son To An Apple Store

Chase Lock is an adorable 8-year-old from Tucson, Arizona. He’s a great kid who’s seen way more adversity than he should have at his tender age. You see, when he was just two years old, he was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive brain cancer known as CPC. After months of chemo and radiation, along with surgery, he was given a clean bill of health and his mother, Angel, couldn’t have been happier. Sadly, two years later, he was diagnosed with another tumor and has been fighting hard since.

Recently, Angel took Chase and his sister to a local Apple Store, where Chase worked on some homework while Angel spoke to a store associate. During her conversation, she noticed another associate had sat down next to Chase and was talking to him. She thought nothing of it until a few minutes later, when she was approached by a store manager who wanted to speak to her …

As a mom with two young kids in a store full of expensive things, Angel’s first worry was naturally that her kids had caused some kind of trouble. The truth, however, couldn’t have been further from that scenario. The manager’s eyes were wet with tears and he said he had something for them. What happened next was so incredible, she took to Facebook to share the incident with the world.

“Please share. Today my kids and I were in the Apple Store at La Encantada in Tucson, Az. My son Chase was at one of the tables working on his homework while I talked to one of the Apple associates. In the corner of my eye I noticed an associate named Vicki (shown right in the picture) speaking to Chase and I thought it was so nice she took the time to chat with him.

I did not think much of it but later when I was talking to the other Apple associate, the manager Jason Greer (shown left in the picture) came up and said ‘excuse me’ at the time I thought he needed to talk to the associate that I was speaking with so I said ‘thank you for your help’ and prepared to leave.”

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“Then the manager said, ‘I was actually hoping to speak with you.’ I was caught off guard and as a mother of two I hoped he would not say that my children had touched something they shouldn’t have. Jason told me that Vicki came to the back to find him in tears to tell him about my son Chase.

She said that she was asking Chase about what he was doing and Chase said, ‘Oh I am working on my homework. I am in 1st grade and I should be in second grade but I was in the hospital for a year because I have brain cancer and I really want to make sure I make it to second grade next year.’

apple employee and cancer kid

“Jason said that it is stories like Chase’s that make him love his job because they love to make a difference. He asked if he could give Chase something, I was still in shock and said of course. He handed an iPod Nano to Vicki for her to give to Chase. She was still teary eyed as she handed the Nano to Chase.

Chase is super shy so he gently said, ‘thank you.’ What they did not know is that Chase is OBSESSED with time, it is one of the ways he copes with the anxiety issues he has from his ‘hospital life.’ It is his way of knowing what will come next. In addition, he loves music (Queen is his current favorite).”

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“Chase has spent ALL night checking the time on his Nano and singing ‘We Will Rock You.’ They absolutely made his week!!!!  Please pass this story on. I hope it somehow finds its way back to Vicki and Jason so they know how much they made an impact on Chase.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Vicki and Jason!”

apple employee and cancer kid


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