Moss Point mom is thankful for St Jude

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - On Sunday, you have a chance to win the St Jude Dream Home at the Village of Tradition. And remember, buying at ticket not only gives you that chance to win; the money raised is making a difference in sick children's lives. Many of those children are from South Mississippi.

Fourteen-year old Caiden Nichelson from Moss Point is one of those patients at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. His mom, Gloria Nichelson, says the difficult times they've been through with Caiden's illness, have made them realize that every day is a gift, however she still worries.

"You do the best you can day to day; but the what if is always there. You hope and pray and trust though, day to day."

Caiden was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was six-years-old. Gloria remembers the moment they got the diagnosis.

"The initial shock of it was; I couldn't believe it. But you regroup and re-gather and do whatever you have to do for your child."

Their search for the best care for Caiden brought them to St Jude. Caiden has had two surgeries in recent years and a round of radiation; and there are the follow ups every six months.

"That takes a lot of stress off our shoulders not having to worry about the financial aspect of care because St Jude takes care of that for us."

And Caiden says the hospital staff makes the time at the hospital a little bit easier. He says with a smile, "They're really nice and they're funny and stuff."

Doctors continue to monitor Caiden's non-malignant brain tumor. His mom says, "The tumor will be with Caiden the rest of his life. Unfortunately he will not be able to get rid of it, so he will be a patient at St Jude for a very long time."

Gloria says the care he's receiving wouldn't be possible without generous donations made through fundraisers like the Dream Home Giveaway.

"It brings a lot of awareness and helps with research. It helps not only with my son, but all the other children behind him coming up at St Jude."

Tickets to win the Dream Home are $100, and can be bought by calling 1-800-206-2263. The home will be given away during a special live broadcast beginning at noon Sunday on WLOX ABC.

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