Letter: Regen Morris’ parents say thanks for support, prayers

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

Editor:

There are times in life when the unimaginable happens. You see it on the news all the time. And then one day ...

It was only five months ago that our 12-year-old son, Regen, spent his days like many other kids — a daily routine of school, homework, and sports. In early November, with very little warning, he entered the first of three hospitals, ultimately ending up in St. Jude in Memphis with a diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. In the long days since, he has shown incredible faith and fortitude, working hard to overcome his struggles as he continues to fight this disease.

As Regen’s parents, we felt compelled to share with Sevier County our deep and sincere gratitude for the love, support, donations and prayer bestowed upon Regen and our family. At times, our struggles on all fronts have seemed insurmountable.

While busy attending to Regen and meeting with doctors to map out an unexpected and unknown future, something unimaginable happened again, as we watched a community we adore rally around Regen with an overwhelming show of love and support that cannot be adequately put into words. Rootin’ for Regen was up and running before we even knew it began.

The prayers, signs, bracelets, fundraisers and other acts of kindness, both public and anonymous, have touched our family and we are truly humbled. The support we have experienced goes far beyond the acts of good neighbors and for that we thank you.

We are working to keep everyone informed with updates on Regen’s progress, as well as upcoming fundraisers that so many of you have created (visit the website, www.rootinforregen.com). We are a family that is extremely grateful for your amazing efforts, and are very proud to call Sevier County home.

Please continue to “pray without ceasing” for the complete healing and recovery of our son. Thank you for everything.

Dan Morris

Tishia Morris

Gatlinburg