Rootin' for Regen raises big money for a child in need

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- An unbelievable birthday present for a Sevier County boy.

Regen Morris will soon undergo treatment for a rare condition.

And Thursday night, on his 12th birthday, his hometown stepped up.

The Chick Fil A in Sevierville donated all the money made during a two hour period to help Regen's family.

Out for dinner on a Thursday night.

Regen's aunt Janel Buice says, "It is packed, it's around the corner, you can't barely get in here."

But this is no typical meal.

"Loads of people supporting and praying for Regen."

Regen is just like any normal 12-year-old.
He loves playing sports and has lots of friends.

Regen's friend Parker Bowling says, "He always smiles a lot and he's really energetic."

But Regen also has three malignant tumors on his brain, a condition called Anaplastic Astrocytoma.

It came on suddenly.

Linda Maples, Regen's grandmother says, "Within a week from the time we brought him to the hospital he was completely immobile, he couldn't speak or move his hands or feet or walk or talk the only thing he could do to answer us was to bat his eyes."

And just as quickly-- the community stepped up.

"It's just crazy to see how many people are supporting Regen."

All "Rootin' for Regen."

"I'm overwhelmed, just overwhelmed at the community such an outpouring, I never expected."

People of all ages, from all walks of life helping a little boy waging the battle of his life.

Linda Maples, Regen's grandmother says, "I believe he's going to get better, in my heart."

We're told Thursday's event raised thousands..
Regen begins treatment at St. Jude's in Memphis on Monday

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