A good man drove cross-country just to make life a little brighter for the 8-year-old boy who suffers from a rare cancer.
Perryn Miller, an eight-year-old boy from North Carolina was recently diagnosed with a rare form of terminal brain cancer. Reports show that the disease is already in the fourth stage. The family discovered the bad news while they were visiting their relatives in Utah over the holidays. The family and the doctors initially related his constant headaches with his new prescription glasses but things took a serious turn as the boy started throwing up everytime he experienced a headache. The boy was taken to the local hospital where scans revealed that he was suffering from Stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme. Doctors told the family that the life-threatening brain tumor required immediate chemotherapy. The family planned to stay back in Utah and start the treatment.
This wasn't the only bad news that the Miller family was dealing with in Utah. The Millers are the victims of Hurricane Florence that occurred last year. They ended up losing their North Carolina home during the natural disaster, the home is being reconstructed at the moment. While work goes on in North Carolina at their home, they have had to live with various local relatives. Luckily the entire family was unaffected due to the hurricane last year. The relatives they live with are even looking after their dog, Frank.
The story of the young boy being diagnosed with rare cancer went viral, especially on social media sites and former long-haul truck driver Robert Reynolds was one of the people who came across the news on Facebook. In the news articles that he went through, he read about how much Perryn loves his German shepherd pup. Reynolds felt like he should help the little boy out and volunteered to take the family's dog, Frank on a road trip from North Carolina to Utah to go and meet his owner again.
Reynolds completed the trip over the weekend and helped reunite the boy with his best friend. This is something the boy really needed at such a difficult time in his life, something that will make him stronger and help him fight his battle with cancer. Reynolds documented his journey through seven states with Frank, who had full reign over his station wagon. In an interview with KUTV, Reynolds said, “He's going to go up and become a cowboy tonight, he will be in Cheyenne, Wyoming".
He further added, “I just think it’s a great thing that Frank can be there with him and help him recover." He also spoke about how Frank was very excited to get out of the car and go and meet his best friend after so long. It is almost like Frank knows that Perryn needs him during this time. The two completed the road trip over the weekend. Reynolds also said, "He does have a long journey; hopefully Frank helps him out." Research does show that having a pet makes us feel better and healthier and hopefully this works in the case of Perryn too.
The rare type of cancer that the boy suffers is the same one as Senator John McCain had. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, patients who are diagnosed with Glioblastoma survive for somewhere between 11 to 15 months. It is a very small percentage of patients that go on to live for somewhere between three to five years (or sometimes more). The boy is now being treated for his disease. He is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. The family has a GoFundMe page that was started by friends of the family in order to help the Millers out financially during this tough time.
According to reports, the doctors have managed to remove the tumor completely from the boy's brain. Regardless, the boy still has a long journey ahead of him and has to undergo several months of radiation and chemotherapy. The family is currently at a hospital in Utah but they might shift the boy to the Duke Hospital (according to their GoFundMe page). The page has so far raised around $29,000 from 484 donors. The family needs all the support they can get especially with piling up medical bills and the money they are spending on rebuilding their home.
The GoFundMe page bio reads as “Perryn is fighting for his life. He is a smart boy with an amazing personality. He is loved by everyone,” It further continues, “He is also a warrior and is putting up the good fight. Even during all of this time in the hospital, he has been more worried about his family than himself.”