SEVEIRVILLE (WATE) - The family of Regen Morris is thanking the community for the last year of support as their youngest son battled brain cancer. Regen, 12, died at home early Christmas morning.
They learned in late October he would not recover.
"We've just prayed for a quick, merciful and peaceful ending," said Regen's father Dan Morris. "On Christmas Eve, my wife was with him. She asked him if he was ready, if it was time, and he was able to squeeze her hand and that gave us a great peace."
While Regen was an excellent student, athlete and artist, Dan says he's most proud of Regen's heart.
"He wanted everyone to have fun. He didn't want to leave anybody out, so he would find that kid that was being left out and he would be the one to bring that person into the group," his father said.
In memory of Regen, Dan has one last request of all those who have supported them.
"There are so many other people that are hurting with illness or other needs, so our message would be for people to help the next family, help the next person, because unfortunately there will be another and another and another," Dan said.
In fact, another boy from Regen's elementary school was diagnosed with leukemia this year, Preston Gentry. In lieu of flowers, the Morris family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Gentry family at 737 Waterfall View Lane, Sevierville, TN 37876.
The Morris family will receive friends on Saturday, December 28 at First Baptist Church Sevierville from 2 to 5 p.m. The funeral will follow there at 6 p.m.