Walk-a-thon held in Pigeon Forge in honor of Regen Morris

Walk-a-thon held in Pigeon Forge in honor of Regen Morris

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"Regen, we love you and we are rootin' for you here in Sevier County," said Hilary Vite. "We hope you get better soon and we can't wait to finally see you." "Regen, we love you and we are rootin' for you here in Sevier County," said Hilary Vite. "We hope you get better soon and we can't wait to finally see you."
Teams registered and donated $25 to take part in the event. Teams registered and donated $25 to take part in the event.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) -  A fundraiser was held Friday in Sevier County to honor a boy battling a rare form of brain cancer.

The walk-a-thon took place in Pigeon Forge, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

That's where 12-year-old Regen Morris, of Gatlinburg, is being treated.

A community-wide campaign called 'Rootin' for Regen' has grown to show support for Regen and his family.
    
Friday's fundraiser was organized by employees at Texas Roadhouse.

Even though many of them have never met Regen, they knew they wanted to help.

"Our whole town here has been just 'Rootin for Regen'," said Texas Roadhouse employee Hilary Vite. "Everyone wants to be a part of it and to show support for him and his family, so we thought there would be no better way in doing something where everybody can come together and do something for him."

They chose Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge to hold the walk-a-thon. Teams registered and donated $25 to take part in the event.

Amanda Ward and her family decided to walk.

"I'm a mom," said Ward. "I would want the support and help if that was happening to my child. It's just bringing the community together."

Along with Friday's donations for St. Jude's, employees at Texas Roadhouse have been collecting money for Regen.
     
"For the past month, we've actually gone to all our guests at the restaurant and asked them if they would like to donate $5 or more, and we would give them a free appetizer," said Vite.

Through those efforts they have already raised close to $5,000 for Regen and his family.

Everyone is keeping Regen in their prayers.

"I hope you feel better," said Ward. "We are out here freezing for you, and we love you, keep smiling."

"Regen, we love you and we are rootin' for you here in Sevier County," said Vite. "We hope you get better soon and we can't wait to finally see you."

Anyone who was not able to come out to Friday's fundraiser, can still make a donation in Regen's name at any Citizens Bank.

There is also a 'Rootin' for Regen' Facebook page, so you can find out how Regen is doing.

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