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Utah boy battles rare cancer

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah boy may be only six years-old, but that's not stopping him from being an inspiration to others.
GRANTSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah boy may be only six years-old, but that's not stopping him from being an inspiration to others.

Doctors say Paytyn Squires likely doesn't have much time to live after discovering a tumor last winter.

“He was having really bad headaches,” said Jeanna Squires, Paytyn’s mom. “He just would wake up and say I don't know what's wrong and just cry.”

Jeanna took him to the ER where doctors found a rare tumor on his brain and spine. Surgery was only partially a success.

“He had surgery on his spine to try to remove the one on his spine, but they couldn't get all of it because of where it was,” she said.

Paytyn began radiation and chemotherapy, but at this point the family is hoping for a miracle.

“He has a 10 percent chance to make it through the year,” said his mom.

For strength, Jeanna is leaning on her faith, but a surprising source of inspiration is also coming from her son who she says seems unfazed by what's happening to him.

“He's perfect, he never complains,” said Jeanna. His mom says it’s a remarkable attitude given all the changes-- from steroids making him gain 32 pounds to a restricted diet-- no sugar or sweets for the six year-old, but still no complaints.

“For him to not ever complain or ask question, he never says anything,” said Jeanna. “He's an inspiration to be that strong.”

Making a tragic situation more difficult, the Squires don't have medical insurance and the bills are astronomical.

If you'd like to help the family there's fundraiser in Tooele Saturday Sep. 21. For more information on Kickin’ Cancer’s Can, click here.

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