‘Jarrett’s Joy Cart’ continues with annual holiday gift giving event

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The Mynear family volunteering in the Dance Blue clinic. Photo by Pete Comparoni | UKphoto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The legacy of a young central Kentucky boy who lost a courageous battle with cancer 17-years ago, lives on at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington in the form of a cart full of toys.

Jarrett Mynear was diagnosed at age two with an aggressive bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.  He spent most of his young life in and out of hospitals.

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From extended hospital stays to daylong chemotherapy sessions, Jarrett knew firsthand not just the fear and anxiety of treatments, but the extreme boredom that came with them.

While at a hospital in Seattle for a stem-cell transplant, some volunteers came by Jarrett’s room with a cart full of toys. The volunteers made the rounds every Friday.  Their visits not only provided him with a much-needed distraction, but it gave him something to look forward to. Jarrett thought his fellow patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington could benefit from such a service. Thus, ‘Jarrett’s Joy Cart’ was born.  Jarrett passed away in 2002 at the age of 12.

His mother, Jennifer Mynear, says her son’s experience allowed him to recognize the importance of spreading joy to other patients.

Mynear says through generous financial contributions, Jarrett started giving away toys through his mobile toy cart, bringing joy to other children.  His parents continue that effort, now heading into its 21st year.

The joy cart will be available for Kentucky Children’s Hospital patients to shop and give wrapped presents for their loved ones on December 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Learn more about Jarrett’s Joy Cart on Facebook @ Jarrett’s Joy Cart – Central KY