Dandridge boy to battle brain tumor with chemo

Dandridge boy to battle brain tumor with chemo

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Wyatt Crippen, 9, was first diagnosed in 2011 and after two operations, has developed another tumor. Wyatt Crippen, 9, was first diagnosed in 2011 and after two operations, has developed another tumor.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - A local family has chosen to skip another surgery and instead rely on chemotherapy to cure their son's third brain tumor. Wyatt Crippen, 9, was first diagnosed in 2011 and after two operations, has developed another tumor.

Wyatt loves Legos and playing video games, but he's had a very difficult few years, with two surgeries to remove brain tumors and another marble-size mass found recently. The family just got back from Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

"We did an MRI the first day. The second day we had to talk to the doctors," Wyatt explained.

Instead of another surgery, the family opted for a year of chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Knoxville. Wyatt's father says they did get hopeful news from one of their doctors. 

"She said I normally don't tell parents this, but I feel like your son is going to live a long life," said David Crippen.

In addition to chemo, Wyatt will also get treatment to improve his balance and strength. 

"This kind of tumor takes away a lot of strength and his balance is awful. He falls all the time," David said.

"I fell on the playground, chipped my teeth. They had to be filled in. When they had been filled in, I bit my lip and it was bleeding. I cried," Wyatt said.

The family has gotten a lot of support from their community and strangers around the country. Handmade blankets have poured in along with signed pictures from celebrities and even a package from President Obama.

His Facebook page Warriors for Wyatt keeps growing.

Another page has been set up for fundraising.

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