Five months ago, Jeremiah Thomas was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.
The 16-year-old boy from Waco, Texas has since undergone a number of cancer treatments including chemotherapy and radiation. He has suffered a collapsed lung, and paralysis from the waist down. Living with cancer isn’t easy.
And as hard as he’s fighting, Jeremiah’s prognosis isn’t good. His cancer is terminal.
But the determined teenager isn’t spending any time feeling sorry for himself. When he was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and asked what his dying wish might be, he surprised everyone with his answer.
Most teens opt for an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World, or for the opportunity to meet their favorite athlete or celebrity.
Jeremiah, on the other hand, wants to see abortion abolished in his home state of Texas.
Make-A-Wish was able to offer Jeremiah a meeting with pro-life Texas governor (and Republican) Greg Abbott. They have since become friends, and Jeremiah’s wish is now part of the Republican Party platform position in Texas.
As a result, liberals have taken to social media to taunt, insult, and bully the former all-star champion football player.
The Daily Signal recently reported that pro-abortion progressives have taken to trolling Jeremiah online. His mother, Kendra Thomas, quoted one such instance where her dying son was publicly accused of having “a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic [sic], hateful” agenda.
Another person said, “He’s garbage and is suffering as he deserves.”
The disturbing messages are reported to be appearing across various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
“Cancer is giving your mom a late term abortion. Lmao,” reads one message.
Another mocks, “Jeremiah … You aren’t dead yet? God do your job!”
Even Jeremiah’s prayer group page isn’t safe. Someone leaving a one-star review on the closed Facebook group added the commentary, “Good riddance.”
It’s worth noting that Jeremiah’s father is the Reverend Rusty Thomas--director of Dallas-based Operation Save America, which was formerly known as the pro-life activist group Operation Rescue. Pro-life activism is, then, nothing new for the Thomas family. In June, Jeremiah posted the following “Letter to My Generation” on the Operation Save America website:
“We have grown up in a culture of death, sexual confusion, immorality and fatherlessness. This culture of death I speak of consists of abortion, homosexuality and suicide.
One third of our generation has been wiped out due to abortion. Over 25 million people have died as a result of AIDS. Even without AIDS, the life expectancy of a homosexual man or woman is about 33 years shorter than that of a heterosexual.
More young people die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
We have been handed a bill of goods that has completely destroyed us. In our nation, we have chosen death and received the curse.”
Perhaps it’s no wonder, then, that pro-abortion progressives have gone after the boy who is clearly wise beyond his years.
But in spite of such fierce and cruel opposition, Jeremiah is holding onto his Christian faith, and says he’s forgiven his detractors. According to The Daily Signal, his mother wrote the following on Facebook on July 19:
“Jeremiah’s response to those who hate him is to bless them. To pray for them.
This is what he told me[:] ‘I pity them. To have that much darkness in your heart that you’d want a kid with cancer to die. Makes me wonder what happened to them in their life.
‘It’s a scary place to be—mentally and spiritually. I pray God would have mercy on them.’”
Jeremiah is now reported to be residing at home with Hospice, and may have just weeks to live. But his legacy of love, forgiveness, and concern for society’s most vulnerable will certainly endure.
Readers can learn more about Jeremiah’s remarkable story in a public post on Kendra Thomas’ Facebook page, which can be found here.