7 year old boy fights terminal cancer

By: Catherine Crane
By: Catherine Crane

He likes Jason Aldean, Nebraska football and just being a kid.

But, he has not had a normal childhood.

Tyson Zimmer is fighting for his life and those around him are trying to make his dreams come true.

Aldean's songs helped Tyson learn to talk.

"He just kept singing it and singing it and all of a sudden became his number one fan." Tyson Zimmer's mom Liz Duering said.

"He's my favorite country guitar player and so now I got a guitar so I'm trying to play like him but I need a little, practice a lot." Tyson said.

But Tyson likely won't get the chance to.

In 2011, doctors removed a golf ball size tumor from the back of Tyson's head.

The treatments appeared to be working, but just this month, Tyson's mom Liz learned the cancer came back and is incurable.

"He's still going he's still breathing its kind of a live every day right now they said they can't give us a date on when it could be hours days months. They said just live ever day. So that's what were doing." Duering said.

Aldean's number one fan had one wish just to hear a hello from the country crooner.

Word of Tyson and his dream spread like wild fire.

Emails poured in from coast to coast showing this heart breaking story's magnitude.

Countless likes, re-tweets and postings brought Tyson's fight center stage.

Aldean answered, with not just a video message.

It's signed CD'S and posters.

Four concert tickets and backstage passes to meet the country star himself.

We can't pin point exactly what it was that spurred Aldean's generosity, but we think it has something to do with you.

A cross-country community that embraced this little boy and his family.

The prayers, the Facebooking and the re-tweeting, so thank you.

The generosity didn't stop there.

After hearing about Tyson, more of his heroes, the University of Nebraska football team invited Tyson on a personal tour of the stadium

Next week, Tyson and his family head to Disney World for a Make A Wish vacation.

Until then, this smiling 7 year-old will keep on doing what he does best.

"A lot of people say he's a good influence because you see people complain every day about things they can change in a heartbeat and he never complains once and he's dying of cancer." Duering said.

His struggle to stay alive caught our attention.

But it's Tyson ZImmer's passion for life that stole our hearts.


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