Sevierville residents shave heads in honor of local boy battling

Sevierville residents shave heads in honor of local boy battling cancer

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"This is my protest against cancer! It feels free," said Jeanne Renfro, a family friend of the Morris'. "This is my protest against cancer! It feels free," said Jeanne Renfro, a family friend of the Morris'.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The Sevier County community continues to rally alongside a local little boy fighting cancer.

12-year-old Regen Morris has been battling a rare form of brain cancer for the last several months.

Inspired by his brave fight, people from his hometown are stepping up to show their support.

Saturday, they let that support go to their heads, shaving off their hair in honor of Regen, whose chemotherapy treatments recently made him lose his.

At the "Rootin' for Regen Kick ‘N Shave", Regen's dad and two brothers were first under the clippers.

"Feels good. Feels good. I feel the love in it," said Dan Morris, Regen's dad, as he got his head shaved.

More than 30 men, children and one very brave woman also took part.

"This is my protest against cancer! It feels free," said Jeanne Renfro, a family friend of the Morris'.

"It's another example of how the community has really just stood behind us and pulled together," said Morris.

The event was held at the American Youth Soccer Organization fields in Sevierville, where Regen used to play and where many of his former teammates still do.

"I hope they feel the love that this community has behind them," said event organizer Renee Howard.  Everyone who got their head shave donated at least five dollars.

All the money raised was donated to the Morris family to help cover Regen's medical bills.

"We just have no idea how long or how much they will continue to grow so we're just appreciative of everything and it's been a tremendous help," said Morris.

For those who were a little too afraid to shave their heads, they could also purchase green chalk or feathers to put in their hair, in honor of Regen's favorite color.

"Lots of shaved heads and green heads running around town," said Morris. "Probably make him feel better knowing that everyone is in it with him."

The Morris family was also presented with a soccer jersey for Regen, with his name and former number on the back.

Regen's dad says his cancer is stable right now.

He undergoes chemotherapy every two weeks.

On June 3, he'll be heading back to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis for treatment.

 

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