NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Massachusetts (WJAR) – A Massachusetts neighborhood gathered around a 9-year-old boy battling cancer after a thief tore up a sunflower that helped him face his treatments.
Brayden Tryon (9) and his friends planted a seed last spring to see if it would grow, and it did. The resulting bright yellow sunflower, named Sunny, was especially for the boy, who is battling leukemia and regularly attends Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island for treatment.
“It brings me a lot of joy,” Brayden said. “Every time I look at the sunflowers in front of the clinic, I think, ‘I’m going to do a great job today,’ and I come home from the clinic and I think, ‘I did a great job.'”
Brayden Tryon, 9, has been on treatment for leukemia for over a year, but the support of his neighbors makes it just that little bit brighter. When his special sunflower was stolen, they gathered around him and decorated the street with the yellow flowers. (Source: Family Photos, WJAR via CNN)
But last Monday, a thief plucked Sunny off the ground and stole it, the act captured on a neighbor’s Ring doorbell camera.
“He was devastated, and he had a rough week with his treatment anyway. So it came at a really bad time,” said Ashley Tryon, Brayden’s mother.
The Tryons’ neighbors would not allow the theft to abandon the family. They joined forces to replace the plant and decorate the entire street with sunflowers.
“We just put it together the next day and went out to get some sunflowers. We wanted to put them here because we didn’t want the little boy to be any more heartbroken,” said neighbor Darla Leighton. in my car, I just stop at a neighbor: ‘Would you like some for your mailbox?'”
Brayden still has more than a year of treatment to go, but it’s this kind of support that makes it just that little bit brighter. He even named his new flower Sunny Jr.
“When they supported me, it was very helpful and nice,” Brayden said.
“It’s overwhelming. It’s emotional. It certainly helped our family. It keeps us going. There are often times when childhood cancer is a dark valley, and when you come down the street now, it’s just a joy,” Tryon said.
The Tryon family organized a website at tryonstrong.org to share their story and help cover medical expenses.
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