Christmas wish delivered to Preston


Preston Gentry plays with his little sister after a visit to the doctor. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Preston Gentry plays with his little sister after a visit to the doctor. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An 11-year-old battling cancer in Sevier County was delivered a Christmas wish on Friday.-

Olivia Byrd, a viewer who saw Prestons story, decided to donated $1,000 and gifts for the family of 5. $1,000 is approximately what was stolen from a fundraiser when The Bluffs was broken into in Sevierville.

"After hearing the story when you covered it, it just broke my heart and I felt I just needed to do something to help this family out at this time," said Byrd. "I've been waiting on this day to meet this little boy and this family. It's a true blessing and I'm able to do this for them."

Byrd had never met the Gentry family until making the delivery. The family now has money to pay bills and a Christmas wish for Preston has come true. After being diagnosed he asked his mom if they could have a good Christmas.

"It's so overwhelming. That money is just buying me more time so I can just stay home with him and take care of him," said Gentry. "So touching that there's people you don't even know that care and come forward and just want to help."

As a token of thanks, the Gentry family gave Byrd a necklace. Byrd says she'll treasure the gift forever.

"I will cherish this, you don't know!" she said. "This is the least I can do, This has made my Christmas way far beyond."

The Bluffs bar has planned another fundraiser for Preston on Saturday night.


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