Stone County Community Rallies Behind Sick Boy And His Family

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

STONE COUNTY (WLOX) - Allan Raborn was the picture of perfect health. The 12-year-old boy was full of energy and loved playing soccer and the great outdoors. He also shared his parent's passion for being a volunteer firefighter.

"That's our passion," said Rose Martin, Allan's Mom. "Allan loves it. He loves the fire department. He's a junior firefighter, but hunting and fishing is his heart."

His active lifestyle came to a screeching halt in March.

"He had a rash, high blood pressure," said Martin. "The doctors keep sending us back and forth, just trying to figure it out."

Then, as he was starting his first year at Stone County Middle School, Allan was diagnosed with ALL, a form of Leukemia. ALL is a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells.

"It was hard. It was real hard," Martin said. "Something nobody's prepared for."

"It was painful," said Allan Raborn. "I miss being able to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Just to be able to walk around and breathe."

Allan now faces three and a half years of chemotherapy and treatments at a Jackson hospital. The family has had to endure at least a dozen visits to the doctor's office and numerous trips to the hospital in Jackson.

Allan's mom has taken a leave of absence from her job. And her husband only works four days a week, so he can travel with the family to Jackson. This unexpected ordeal has taken a toll on the family's finances.

"We have the trailer note. We have the vehicle bills, which we have to have a vehicle to go back and forth to Jackson. And it's just tough. Real tough," said Martin.

While his parents are trying to juggle all these obstacles, Allan is doing his best to keep an upbeat attitude.

"I'm going to get better, and everything's going to go right.  And I'll able to do what I want to do again one day," said Allan.

The family's church is planning a fundraiser to help Allan and his family pay for gas and other expenses. Also, the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department in Stone County and the Mississippi Roller Girls will be holding a roller derby challenge to raise money. The event will be held on September 20th at 7:00 PM at the Harrison County Skate Park.