Central Georgia child recently diagnosed with cancer meets monster truck idol
A cancer diagnosis is something no one wants, especially if it's your child.
One Central Georgia kid who lives in Kathleen recently started fighting cancer and got a special treat that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It has been a rough couple of weeks for 3-year-old Kyler Pike.
“It’s definitely been overwhelming,” his mother, Ashley Pike, said. “I think for us, it’s been so quick that we haven’t had a lot of time to think about it.”
Last week, doctors diagnosed Kyler with leukemia after being in pain for weeks. When he isn’t feeling good, there’s one thing that brings the little guy comfort: big, loud monster trucks.
“I really don’t know how it got started, but Kyler has liked Grave Digger since he could talk and crawl,” Pike said.
Friday afternoon after a round of chemo, Kyler got the chance of his life to see his favorite monster truck up close and personal. Tyler Menninga with Grave Digger and other drivers loaded Kyler up with monster truck gear and autographs.
“He’s a huge Grave Digger fan and it was really touching,” Menninga said. “All the other drivers were out here for a little while and we hung out with him. It’s really cool to touch somebody’s life like that.”
If sitting in the real Grave Digger wasn't a big enough surprise, Kyler walked out the door with his own to drive, thanks to a donation from Walmart.
“It's just amazing. We're very grateful,” Pike said.
A few minutes on the dirt turned into a lifelong memory for a young kid fighting a tough battle.
Grave Digger and the other monster trucks are in Macon for Monster Jam. They have two more shows Saturday.
To keep up with Kyler’s battle, click here.