About 300 families a year in the United States hear from their pediatrician, "Your Child has eye cancer."
It's called Retinol Blastoma. It's rare and there's no cure.
Johnathan Yerby and his wife Casey live in Warner Robins.
“We were not the parent of a child with cancer until we were,” Johnathan said.
It's hard to tell wide open three-year old Baron Yerby has eye problems. When he’s not in the hospital he moves about a mile a minute leaping across the house and crawling on furniture.
“So in his right eye he's blind and in his left eye he can see he has about seven tumors, Johnathan. I like to tell people he can see enough to pick up a cheerio but he may run into the wall.”
Cancer crashed into their lives not long after Baron came into the world.
“We were diagnosed when he was three years old and we went to Emory.>
Then on to New York for more advanced treatment.
“We acted quickly and contacted Sloan Kettering, Johnathan explained. So we did the intra-arterial surgery.”
About 40 miles from Bonaire sits Dublin Georgia and if you come through here you'll see yellow ribbons and here's the connection. One of Barons cousin's works here at Orr insurance and the group decided to have fundraisers to help out the family with finances
Lacey Baker's office held a Jay's Hope event similiar to this last year.... the Yerby's showed up.
When they met Baron they *knew* where they wanted this year's money to go.
“They've had so much going on with expenses, Lacey said. The flying to New York the treatment in New York just eating in New York alone in of itself is expensive.”
Expensive yes. But the Yerby's say the love they've seen from Central Georgia is priceless.
Johnathan says if you know someone that's dealing with childhood cancer... don't ignore them because you don't know what to say.
Any support you can show he says means a lot.
Friday is the day to paint cars.
If you want yours done, give them a call at 478-272-0915.
Painting a ribbon on your car is five dollars.
The bows and t-shirts are each 15 dollars.
Those are available till the end of September.