But this weekend they are discovering the generosity of strangers in time of need.
“Owen is a very energetic, smart little 7 year-old,” Pat Parry, Owen’s grandma.
Little Owen Hartle should be tucked in his bed, but instead is calling Primary Children's Medical Center home.
“You never think this is going to be you, your kid, you never think this is going to be in your family,” said Laraine Hartle, Owen’s mom.
Laraine is still trying to figure how cancer has taken over her baby's life. It was only just last month Owen complained of chest pains and went for a check up. That's when doctors found a tumor on his spine.
“The tumor on his spine was starting to strangulate his blood supply on his spinal chord and they had to do emergency surgery because they thought he was going to be paralyzed and they took out 90 percent of the tumor,” said Parry.
Most of the tumor may be gone, but it'll take months more of chemotherapy to make sure the cancer stays gone.
The trips from the family's home in Orem to the Salt Lake hospital have already taken a toll on their budget.
That's where strangers are hoping to make a difference. The owner of Sweetest Thingz Salon and Boutique in Draper heard about Owen through one of her clients and felt compelled to help.
“I’ve got two boys one almost six and one almost eight and I can't imagine,” said Amy Branan. “I don't know her very well because she's a relative of one of my clients, but I just can't imagine.”
Branan decided donated 100 percent of Saturday’s profits to the family.
“It's really over-whelming it makes your heart really pound to think other people are willing to do this and willing to help you out,” said Parry.
It's the help from strangers that makes it possible for Owen's mom to focus on being there for him even though she wishes she could do more.
“As a mom it just makes you feel like if I could do that for him I would be able to take that burden away from him,” she said.
Doctors tell the family they don't have a name for Owen's cancer but are studying his cells.
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