For family of leukemia-battling baby, some much-needed help


SEATTLE -- There's only so much one family can handle.

Earlier this month, KOMO News first told the story of Charlie Cole, who suffers from a rare form of leukemia. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, or JMML, has him in and out of Seattle Children's Hospital several times a week for treatment.

"We also saw occupational therapy for his feeding issues," said his mother, Jessica Cole. "We did a swallow study to see if he can handle more oral feeds. We were here a lot last week."

But getting Charlie to and from the hospital is a challenge. The family's only car was totaled in a wreck. And with Charlie's weak immune system, it isn't safe for him to ride public transportation.

"It's a lot on top of everything else. It was a really big blow," Jessica said.

While one mother worried, another mother's legacy was at work.

Robyn Torres co-founded the Seafair Pirates Holiday Treasure Chest. Seafair pirate Mark Jensen was Robyn's partner of 21 years.

"When Robyn passed away, we were trying to come up with a way to memorialize her so she's no forgotten, because she spent a good part of her life helping others," said Jensen.

Jensen and their four children decided to donate a car to family in need at Christmas. The Coles are that family.

When Jessica walked out of the hospital, there was a car waiting for her, thanks to the Jensen family.

"Oh my God," she said, surprised. "Wow, thank you. Wow."

The car will get Charlie to the doctor and his dad, Jeremy Cole, to work.

"I can't tell you how much this means," Jeremy said from behind the wheel.

It is an emotional gift from Torres' children.

"It was shocking to see we really did change her life by being able to help her and Charlie," said Robyn's daughter, Brianna Jensen.

"It was amazing. I know it would have made her proud," added son Cory Jensen.

For more information on the Seafair Pirates Charity Foundation, visit the group's Facebook page.