Boston bombing victim meets cancer survivor, 9, who helped her
A little boy who is fighting cancer isn't focusing on his disease, but looking for a way to help others. His giving nature is making a difference in the life of a local woman who was severely injured in the Boston bombings.
It was a David and Goliath fight -- cancer in one corner, and 9-year-old Braden Murray in the other
"We know when Braden was diagnosed that this was gonna be a fight," said Steven Murray, Braden's father.
"He lost his hair twice...weakness, lethargy, tiredness, loss of color," said his mother, Amanda Murray.
Back in 2012, the 4th grader was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. Chemo and nights at the hospital became a new normal.
"He has spent approximately 60 nights in the hospital plus countless outpatient visits," said Steven.
A low point was the visit after his 10th birthday. But weak in his hospital room, his focus shifted to a tragedy. He watched the Boston Marathon bombing play out on his TV.
Just like his cancer, the trauma that followed the two blasts was intense and spread quickly through the crowd. Three people were killed, and 264 were injured. In that moment he decided to give away his birthday present of $297.
"I just heard him pipe up, 'Mom, I just heard God tell me that I'm supposed to give my money to the Boston victims," said Amanda.
The Murray's found Rebekah Gregory, from Katy, and her 5-year-old son, Noah, who were standing 10 feet at the finish line. The two families weren't able to meet until now. Braden is in remission and after countless surgeries Rebekah is out of the hospital.
"I can't even put into words how it felt because for a 10-year-old to be something so humble and to do something so sweet, for somebody he didn't even know," said Rebekah.
Both exchanged cards, gifts and encouragement.
"I am so glad God brought you into our lives, Rebekah," Braden said.
"Your money helped me to keep my leg, so I thank you for that. You know, I'm still fighting for it," Rebekah said.
From one fighter to the other, both say cancer and an act of terror may have left a mark on their lives, but it didn't put an end to their story.
While Rebekah is still fighting to keep her leg, Braden is fighting to raise money for a special event -- The Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year Braden has been asked to serve as an honored hero for the Light the Night Walk.
You can find information about that event and donate to Rebekah's medical recovery by clicking on the links below.
Braden's Light the Night Walk website
Rebekah's "Give Forward" website