SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Sevier County finally got the chance to welcome home 12 year old Regen Morris Friday afternoon after his five month stay at St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
"Today is just wonderful because he's coming home and we can all help out now instead of him being so far away," said Regen's Sunday school teacher Susie Delozier.
Regen was hospitalized back in November due to a battle with Anaplastic Astrocytoma after three tumors were found on his brain.
Since his diagnosis, the community's gathered several times to raise money for Regen and his family.
"This whole county has surprised all of us and we're proud to be from here," said Cousin Noelle Schultz.
Dozens gathered along Dolly Parton Parkway wearing green and holding signs and balloons to welcome Regen home as he was escorted by police while he and mom Tishia rode in an ambulance.
"It was awesome. They were crying. TishIa was crying. Everyone was crying. So... he was excited. He was smiling," said Schultz.
Family says Regen will now spend time resting from the trip before welcoming friends who've waited so long to see him.