For the month of September, Zinburger is donating all proceeds from Chase's Butterfinger shake to LockInHope.org (Source: KPHO/KTVK).
Chase's big sister, Emma, was the inspiration for Lock Boxes of Love. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Healthier now, Chase still loves his Butterfinger shakes. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
A sweet treat from a Phoenix restaurant helped lift a young cancer patient's spirits.
Chase Lock of Tucson is now 7 years old, and healthier after a second bout with brain cancer. He was diagnosed at 2, and then relapsed when he was 5.
He spent 10 months at Phoenix Children's Hospital, and according to his mother, only had cravings for a Butterfinger milkshake from Zinburger.
He ordered it when it was a "shake of the month," but when Chase got sick, it was off the menu.
"But the chef said not to worry about it," Chase's mother, Angel said. "He literally went to the store and got the stuff to make his milkshake."
"It was the one thing he [Chase] was able to eat and keep down," she continued. "He was losing weight. The doctors were happy with him eating nothing but milkshakes all day long."
The thing about a cancer diagnosis -- particularly in pediatric cancer -- is it affects the entire family. It can be especially hard on siblings.
Chase's sister, Emma, came up with the idea for the non-profit LockInHope.org. The group aims to make siblings of pediatric cancer patients feel special, too, by shipping special gift boxes to them. The boxes are tailored to the age and gender of each child and are filled with things such as books, blankets and stuffed animals.
"Often times [sic], siblings feel helpless and as if all the focus is suddenly on the child battling cancer," reads the organizations website. "While the child with pediatric cancer may receive special packages or, in the sibling's eyes, special treatment, Lock in Love knows it is important that the sibling feels special as well."