EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - From the time he was four months old Aiden Cross has been living with an unusual and incurable disease. It is called AHUS, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Now, because of an East Texans' generosity, Aiden isn't bearing his cross alone.
Aiden is an energetic toddler and it's his infectious smile that keeps him going as he fights his rare disease.
"You can not be [more] dedicated to that little boy," said Christy Cross, Aiden's mom. "I mean, he is just the light of mine and my husband's eye."
Every day Aiden's mom hooks him up to a dialysis machine for 12 hours of treatment, and though the journey has been tough, prayers from friends and neighbors keeps the Cross family going.
"The strength that people think they see when they look at us is nothing but God just lifting us up, and people standing behind us and standing in the gap for us," said Christy.
To help Aiden with his medical expenses, friends set up a the Aiden Cross Fund, and Tyler jewelry store, Sterling Grace is making a cross for Aiden, with all the proceeds to going to benefit him.
"The back of it actually has the scripture on it from Hebrews 4:16 and then it has the initials of the disease that Aiden has, AHUS," explained Debra Harter, owner of Sterling Grace.
Debra said that after reading the Bible verses she knew AHUS meant...
"It was almighty help us and that is Aiden's cry," said Debra. "He needs help, but then it was amazing to me that Aiden's last name is Cross. Our prayer for the Aiden Cross Foundation is that the research money will become available, people will be made aware of it and there can be a cure for this disease as well."
It is because of this type of generosity from the heart of East Texans that Aiden's cross will not be borne alone.
"It's the least we can do is tell people's Aiden's story and to hope you know that somebody's out there listening," said Christy.
For more information on the Aiden's Cross and fundraising efforts just go to the Big Red Box. A silent auction fundraiser is also being held this weekend on Sunday at the Longview Hampton Inn from 1pm to 4pm.