Adler Utley’s days are filled with chemo visits and radiation treatment-- leading the seven year-old too wiped out to play.
“Yucky, bad nauseas,” he said.
His family is counting the days until his last treatment, hoping to get their little boy back.
“One minute he's doing great, another minute it's like it he going to make it,” said Jamie Utley, his dad.
To make matters worse, Adler's dad is self-employed. The family has no health insurance
“I could not believe that this was happening to us,” said Jamie.
They're finding humor and relief where they can. “I’ve always been a fan of striped socks, it's the only way of sticking it to the man.”
And it's rubbing off on Adler who wears his striped socks to the hospital to help him feel brave. Stripes aren’t the only things helping little Adler. “It has been a tender mercy to see the goodness of people,” said Sara Utley, Adler’s mom.
A family friend created the Hope for Adler Foundation. It's raised more than $40,000 that would have otherwise come out of the parents' pockets.
“What that's really done is freed me to be more focused on helping Adler heal,” said Jamie.
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