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12/13/03 - Henderson County

Dream Comes True For Cancer Patient

A touching story out of Henderson County today which shows that dreams really can come true. The Make-A-Wish Foundation helped a five-year-old Tyler boy suffering from brain cancer, realize his dream of lights and sirens. His name is Deroyce Gee, but everybody calls him "Pooh", and today he was on top of the world.

"I bought him a fire truck when he was smaller, probably about three," said his mom, Timikia Miller, "and from that he loves fire trucks, he wants to be (a fireman)."

Today, the West Side Volunteer Fire Department in Henderson County made him one. That meant, as the newest member of the team, he would get to go on patrol in the fire trucks. The fact Pooh is here at all is a miracle in itself. On August 2, his mom took him to the doctor, with a fever and complaining of a headache. Four days later, he was in emergency surgery in Dallas to remove a brain tumor. Since then, he has undergone countless doses of radiation and chemotherapy.

"It completely shut his body down," his mom said. "He had to be hospitalized twice from that. The radiation kept him nauseated, wasn't eating anything, kept throwing up."

Through it all, he has remained strong, just like a firefighter.

"Sometimes he sees me crying," his mom said, "he tells me momma don't cry, I'm not crying, so you don't cry."

As for the firefighters at West Side, they say it's the least they could do.

"We're basically rewarded by knowing we've made the boys dream come true by letting him ride in the trucks and participate as a fireman for one day," said Assistant Fire Chief Doug Nicholson. "You know, you get to see the glow in his face, and hear him laugh and grin. It just makes us feel good for doing it."

"I'm glad that it actually happened for him," his mom said. "He needed it. He actually needed it. I appreciate it so much, because there's only so much that I can do. It really helped. I know that he loved it."

Pooh faces ten more months of extensive chemotherapy. He has an MRI every three months to monitor his progress. So far, his doctors say things are looking good, and he has a great chance of overcoming this.

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