Regen Morris out of hospital, back at home with family

Regen Morris out of hospital, back at home with family

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Regen Morris started showing symptoms that something was wrong back in the fall. Regen Morris started showing symptoms that something was wrong back in the fall.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor

SEVIER COUNTY (WATE) - After being hospitalized since November, Regen Morris has come home.

The 12-year-old's battle against cancer went viral after the "Rootin" for Regen" Facebook page received more than 33,000 likes from people all over the world.

Now home, Regen's big smile continues to light up a room, although these days it's the family living room, rather than the hospital.

His family is still adjusting to the change.

"Well, it's good to be home," Regen's mother Tisha Morris said. "Sometimes it's a little nerve-wracking not to have my doctors, you know, right here."

Regen likes to keep a tight grip on mom, but there is daily support from friends and family like Tisha's sister Tara Torrence, who is in town this week to help with Regen's feeding tube and medication.

"We draw the medicines up in different syringes, depending upon the dose," Torrence said.

We first came to know the Morris family in January at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

At the time they were grappling with Regen's devastating diagnosis of a rare form of brain cancer called Anaplastic Astrocytoma.

The Pi Beta Phi Elementary School sixth grader known for his athletic skill started showing symptoms that something was wrong back in the fall.

Tests revealed fast-growing tumors in Regen's brain.

The Morris family has reason to be optimistic though: the most recent MRI reveals that treatments have caused the tumors to shrink.

"Mostly we ask everybody to join us in praying for Regen to get better," Regen's father Dan Morris said. "That's the main goal that we want."

Regen's next MRI is at St. Jude on June 3.

If you would like more information on Regen's journey, his family has set up a website. Just follow the link here.

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