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Boy with inoperable brain tumor gets a Special Space

Published: Apr. 23, 2016 at 11:56 PM EDT
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It's not every day you see a 5-year-old excited about new decorations in a room, but A.J. Cucksey is not your every day boy. He's stronger, braver and more dedicated than kids his age. A.J. is living with an inoperable brain tumor.

"We had some tough times and through those time A.J.'s motto was always keep smiling," said John Cucksey, A.J.'s father.

Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, A.J. doesn't let it slow him down.

Special Spaces of Knoxville wanted to give A.J. and his family a break.

"We got here at about 8 in the morning and we sent A.J. and his family off for a day of fun," said Steve Winfree with Special Spaces.

When they came back, the group of the volunteers designed a new play room for A.J. and his sister Gia.

UT Quarterback Josh Dobbs helped paint a checkerboard on A.J.'s wall.

"I've known A.J. for a couple of years now and Special Spaces reached out to me," said Dobbs.

"There's a lot of kids who look up to people in my position and it's always a joy for me to meet them reach out to them," he said.

Giving A.J. a place to be a normal kid. A kid who is Tennessee Tough.

"Just knowing that people care about him it helps him stay positive," said John.

Special Spaces partnered with Coldwell Banker, they raised all the money for the room. iHome Improvement donated their time and skills.

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