Sevier County boy dies early Christmas morning

Sevier County boy dies early Christmas morning

12-year old Regen Morris 12-year old Regen Morris

GATLINBURG (WATE) - A 12-year-old boy who inspired many with his story lost his battle to cancer early Christmas morning.

Regen Morris' mother, Tishia, posted to the "Rootin' for Regen" Facebook group Wednesday morning:

"Regen's earthly suffering ended at 3:40am. He is celebrating Jesus' birthday- with Jesus. What a marvelous gift he has been given. We celebrate his life. He passed very peacefully and quietly in the arms of his loving family...I can't imagine my days without him. My heart is broken but Regen is whole, healthy, & happy. He will never have to suffer again and we are so very thankful for that. This is our Christmas miracle. I am happy to do the suffering so he doesn't have to."

6 News has been following the Morris family since 2012.

Regen was first admitted to Saint Jude Research Hospital in Memphis on November 5, 2012, when doctors discovered he had a rare form of brain cancer called Anaplastic Astrocytoma.

Regen was very active at Pi Beta Phi, where he attended school in Gatlinburg. He was a member of the Beta Club, tennis team and was a stand-out player on the school's basketball team. Regen is the youngest of Dan and Tishia Morris' three sons; they were all with him when he died.

The family is making funeral arrangements for this Saturday, Dec. 28.

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