- Jasper Lenglede from Charlestown, Indiana has battled leukemia since March
- He met his favorite animal at the Wildlife in Need sanctuary – a sloth
- The 12-year-old also played with baby tigers, a fox and a lemur at the santuary
A 12-year-old cancer patient grinned from ear-to-ear when he hugged his favorite animal – a sloth.
Jasper Lenglede from Charlestown, Indiana had his wish come true when a sloth held onto him at the Wildlife in Need sanctuary on Friday.
Jasper was diagnosed with leukemia last March and has spent eighty days in and out of hospitals for treatments and chemotherapy.
When WLKY asked Jasper why he liked sloths so much, he responded: ‘I don’t know. Because they’re slow like me.’
Jasper Lenglede from Charlestown, Indiana grinned from ear-to-ear when he met a sloth, his favorite animal
Jasper Lenglede met the animals at the Wildlife in Need sanctuary. He was diagnosed with leukemia in March
In the video, Jasper also beamed when he got to play with baby tigers, a fox and a chimpanzee.
Jasper’s father John told the station his son would not be ‘done’ with his battle until 2019.
Jasper said: ‘You can’t give up. That’s the number one thing. Because if you give up – if you give up and you lose hope, there’s no hope.’
On Facebook Wildlife in Need wrote: ‘Jasper, You are our hero. Even with a rough road ahead, you still choose to enjoy each moment that you can.’
‘We can all take this lesson from your playbook. We were happy to give you the opportunity for living a dream and are praying for your recovery during this journey.
Jasper met other animals at the sanctuary including baby tigers, a fox and a lemur