GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - More than a hundred people gathered in Gautier Monday night to show their support for a six year old battling a devastating disease. Jaxon Schoenberger was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. The cancer tends to affect children between the ages of five and 10.
Candles burned brightly outside Gautier City Hall as friends, family and supporters of Jaxon stood together to pray for his recovery.
"God, we do pray very selfishly that you be merciful, if it is your will, that you remove this tumor and you restore health and vitality to this little boy," a local minister prayed.
The six-year-old was diagnosed with an inoperable rare brain tumor during Mardi Gras. His grandfather said Jaxon and the family have been fighting to beat the cancer ever since, even seeking help from St Jude Research Hospital.
"We spent eight weeks getting treatment at St. Jude and we are back home now and it is just day to day right now," Kurt Schoenberger said.
Before the devastating diagnosis, Jaxon was a very active kid and sports lover.
"His best sport was baseball. He was in Tee- Ball, he made all-stars, he loved to travel and he loved to make new friends," Jaxon's grandfather said.
His friends and loved ones who came out to Monday's vigil wore home run for Jaxon shirts and also his favorite color green to honor him as the difficult fight continues.
"It is important that the community and people continue to support research and the care and make awareness the citizens and the children aware of cancer. Lift him up for comfort healing," Gautier Councilman Casey Vaughn said.
The crowd of supporters also wanted the family of little Jaxon to know they are not alone.
"I just think the family needs all the community support and this is best way we can all show it together," supporter Skip Robbins said.
Jaxon is now at home on the coast in hospice care. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical bills and other expenses: http://www.gofundme.com/homerunsforteamjaxon