Kristi L Nelson , firstname.lastname@example.org
It was hard enough to deal with the news that her 12-year-old grandson had a tumor on his brain stem.
But the transportation to the treatment Chandler Riley needed in Knoxville would be a financial burden for his family, who lives in Sneedville, said grandmother Debra Riley.
When Chandler needed 31 consecutive proton therapy treatments last year, he and his grandparents — who legally adopted him in 2008 — stayed in Knoxville, at Fellowship House, Riley said.
“But he was miserable,” she said. “He wanted to be home, around family.”
So a gas card from the Knoxville-based nonprofit L5 Foundation was a huge help when Chandler needed to return to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital multiple days a week for labwork, chemotherapy and other treatment. The brain cancer affected his balance, too, so he needed a wheelchair, which means driving a van that “really, really drinks the gas,” Riley said.Read the entire story online at KnoxNews.com