Former NFL Chicago running back, Adrian Peterson (pictured) said a heartfelt goodbye via Facebook to his 7-year-old son, A.J. (pictured), who lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday.
“#Ajsoars is in Heaven, where he belongs…#ajsoars #P3 #MyFirstSuperHero,” said Peterson about his little boy who was first diagnosed with the disease last June. Peterson and his wife, Angela were then informed that A.J. had an inoperable brainstem tumor, or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), and was given a five to nine percent survival rate prognosis.
Peterson, who should not be confused with Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings (who was indicted on child abuse charges for hitting his 4-year-old son with a “switch” last year), created a GoFundMe page for A.J., the oldest of four children, to raise nearly $40,000 for medical costs, which are exorbitant.
Last month A.J., who had dreams of becoming a police officer had his wish come true and the Make A Wish Foundation arranged for him to be sworn in as an honorary Round Lake Police officer.
The parents have been documenting the boy’s medical journey via Facebook and have reportedly been comforted by the incredible outpouring of love from those who sympathize with their plight.
Peterson took to the Facebook page he set up for his boy to provide the details about his A.J.’s homecoming services.
“Angela and Adrian are extremely appreciative for all of your thoughts and prayers. The Homegoing Celebration for A.J. will be held Saturday at 3pm at: Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, 1365 Kinlaw Rd., Kingsland, GA 31548.”