Family of Preston Gentry grateful for Rootin' for Regen support

Family of Preston Gentry grateful for Rootin' for Regen support

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UT football players visit Preston Gentry in the hospital. (source: Facebook) UT football players visit Preston Gentry in the hospital. (source: Facebook)
"It's one day at a time. That's how you deal with anything like this. It's never expected and you are never prepared," said Preston's aunt Amanda Greene. "It's one day at a time. That's how you deal with anything like this. It's never expected and you are never prepared," said Preston's aunt Amanda Greene.
"I'm sad [about Regen Morris' death], but I'm also glad because his family knows that he's with the Lord right now and he doesn't have to suffer and his family doesn't have to suffer anymore," Preston Gentry said. "I'm sad [about Regen Morris' death], but I'm also glad because his family knows that he's with the Lord right now and he doesn't have to suffer and his family doesn't have to suffer anymore," Preston Gentry said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The Rootin' for Regen crowd is taking up a new cause. Regen Morris, 12, passed away early Christmas morning. He'd been battling brain cancer for the past year with the help of thousands of supporters. His dad had one final request.

"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 Morris told us Thursday.

In lieu of flowers for Regen's funeral, the Morris family is requesting donations for Preston Gentry, a boy from Regen's school who was diagnosed with leukemia this fall.

"It's one day at a time. That's how you deal with anything like this. It's never expected and you are never prepared," said Preston's aunt Amanda Greene.

"His mother Sara had to quit work because she's had to take care of Preston 24/7 and everybody has really come together and really helped her stay afloat and keep going," Greene said.

News came Christmas morning that Regen Morris, a grade above Preston at their elementary school, had died after a tough battle with brain cancer. 

"I can't even imagine what his family is going through and it really hit our family hard," Greene said.

"I'm sad, but I'm also glad because his family knows that he's with the Lord right now and he doesn't have to suffer and his family doesn't have to suffer anymore," Preston said.

They were amazed when Regen's family asked their supporters, more than 33,000 strong on the Rootin' for Regen Facebook page, to give their love and prayers to Preston.

"That was just incredible. To know that a family that's going through what they're going through right now is reaching out to somebody else, it's just so selfless," Greene said.

"It makes me happy because so many people were in that group Rootin' for Regen and now they're all coming to me," Preston said.

Preston also has a Facebook page called Praying for Preston. He loves reading messages from his supporters.

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