People in both Jackson and George County have rallied around a 21-month-old boy who's battling cancer. Dylan Eubanks was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when he was about a year old.
Dylan makes monthly trips to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis and takes several medications every day. St. Jude pays for medical expenses, but an organization called Caring Solutions is having a fund raiser to help with all other expenses.
"We're selling a very limited amount to tickets, 1,500 tickets, in a drawing to give away an SUV of the winners choice or $35,000 cash," said Mark Pope, organizer of the fund raiser.
Dylan Eubanks' cute little bald head is the only visible clue that's he's been diagnosed with bone cancer. Otherwise, he's a lively child who likes to have fun.
"He's playful now. He's just all the time going, playing, except for when his counts is down. He's a different person then," Dylan's father Shannon said.
His mother Nina says Dylan is "playful, temperamental, sweet. He's our life."
Dylan likes to do all the things a normal one-year-old would, but he's been through more than most adults can imagine.
"It's hard watching him go through all of that when he gets chemo," Nina said. "Usually me and him both cry because he's so sick and doesn't feel good at all."
The Eubanks say prayer and support from their family and the community has helped them make it through.
"Our church family has been there," Nina said. "People we don't even know sending him cards and letters of encouragement, toys."
"When he got cancer, it just seemed like everybody started caring a lot more, and everybody's doing a lot," Shannon said. "We appreciate it."
The Eubanks say Dylan is doing well. He may even be cancer free after all the treatments, and that gives them hope for the future.
By Myya Durden