Funds stolen from boy battling cancer

Money raised for a little boy battling cancer were stolen after a burglary at a Sevierville business.

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

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Posted: Tue 6:55 PM, Dec 10, 2013

Money raised for a little boy battling cancer were stolen after a burglary at a Sevierville business.

Police say a burglary was reported at The Bluffs on Parkway Sunday morning. Owners had raised nearly $1,000 for an 11-year-old who has leukemia.

"We live in this community that everybody came out to support this little kid that does have leukemia and he has sort of ruined what that gave to this family," said Justin Huffaker, Bluffs Owner.

Preston Gentry was diagnosed with cancer in September. Since then his mother, Sara, has had to quit work and become a full time mom for her 4 kids.

"For the last few months we've been living on what I had saved, and donations from Westgate where i was working," said Sara. "There's such an out pour of love and support when your child gets sick. you don't plan for it and you find out and everything comes to a screeching halt."

Gentry says she feels sorry for the people who donated and now their money isn't going for what it was intended.

"I felt bad, not for us, but for the people that donated and thought they were helping a little boy and his family. and all the money that they gave somebody just came and took it," she said.

There has been an account set up for Preston Gentry at Tennessee State Bank under his aunts name, Amanda Greene. You can show him support through his Facebook page at the link below.


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