The holidays are always marketed as a leisurely time to kick back and enjoy the company of our families. But as we all know, the reality of “the most wonderful time of year” is that it can get pretty stressful.
We overspend, overeat, and brave the throngs of cranky passengers at the airport only to be told our flights are delayed or even canceled. Still, it’s all worth it in the end to be with the ones we love.
For 8-year-old Perryn Miller and his family from Holly Ridge, North Carolina, Christmas was anything but relaxing. Their troubles were far more distressing than the regular holiday headaches. Earlier in 2018, the Millers lost their home to Hurricane Florence. They’ve been staying with family ever since.
In December, the family traveled to Utah to visit other relatives, where they were hoping for a brief respite. That’s when Perryn started experiencing debilitating migraines. His parents, Jacob and Jaimee, received devastating news after a trip to the emergency room… their little boy had cancer.
Doctors diagnosed Perryn with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare and aggressive form of brain tumor. The family has remained in Utah ever since so Perryn can undergo chemotherapy and radiation at Primary Children’s Hospital. He’s already proved what a little fighter he is by making it through surgery.
His parents are obviously heartbroken, but they say they’re also overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they’ve received. Just over two weeks after creating a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Perryn’s medical expenses, they’ve already received nearly $50,000. For Perryn, though, there was one thing missing in his recovery: the comforting presence of his puppy, Frank. The 8-month-old German shepherd had been left behind in North Carolina during the trip.
Perryn’s story quickly circulated on social media, where it caught the eyes of former truck driver Bob Reynolds. He doesn’t know the Millers but decided to offer them an amazing gift: he’d pick up Frank and drive 2,300 miles in 52 hours to reunite Perryn with his canine companion!
“I never questioned why I was doing it or anything like that. I just knew something had to be done and that I could do it,” Bob humbly explained.
Perryn couldn’t have been happier to see his best friend. “I felt really excited to see Frank. I just really like Frank and he’s a good dog,” he said.
But Bob’s generosity didn’t end there. He’s promised to make the trip again when it comes time for Frank and the family to go back home!
Bob deserves all the praise in the world for what he did to brighten a sick little boy’s heart during such a difficult time. We wish Perryn the best of luck as he continues battling his illness.
Watch Perryn and Frank’s touching reunion in the clip below and share to warm the hearts of others.
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