Restaurant and Community Rally around Young Boy with Rare Cancerous Brain Tumors
A young boy’s battle with a rare brain cancer has rallied a community – and inspired the Operators and team of the local Sevierville, Tenn., Chick-fil-A to help.
In mid-January, Owner/Operator Terry Rowell donated 100 percent of the proceeds from two hours of evening sales to the family of 12-year-old Regen Morris. An avid tennis and basketball player, Regen has been in the hospital since early November, diagnosed with Anaplastic Astocytoma, a vine-like growth that has spread throughout his brain and caused three malignant tumors.
The small tourist-town community pulled together in an overwhelming way, says Rowell, making it the restaurant’s single busiest day in its 15-year history. The event raised $1,900 in straight cash donations and another $6,600 in sales that went to the family.
Hundreds of people filed into the store, many of them wearing green, Regen’s favorite color. Police had to help direct traffic. "No kidding, the line was out the door, and out the front of the restaurant,” Rowell recalls. And still, "people were laughing, cutting up and smiling. It was amazing. It was the coolest thing we’ve ever done.”
Regen’s family has held a constant vigil at his bedside in St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis.
A Charitable Chick-fil-A
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