Jay Bew has a tumor on the side of his face. It is called a hemangioma, which is a tumor of the blood vessels.
We first met Jay over the summer at his home in Snow Hill. His mom finally had found a surgeon to remove the tumor.
The tumor is near a main artery. It is a risky operation, and insurance will not pay for it. So the community raised the money -- more than $15,000.
"You know, anybody's who's a mother could realize how much I appreciate everything everybody has done," said Mary Bew, Jay's mother.
The time has now come for the surgery. Jay and his mom are flying across the country. The surgeon is in California.
"You know, it's just really amazing to think there is a doctor out there that can do it, and it can be an outpatient thing," Mary said. "But no doctors in North Carolina can do it or would even think about doing it.
"You know, this all is happening for a reason, and it's to make my child have a better childhood and better life."
It is Jay's first plane ride. He has his backpack filled with books, carrying hope for a happy ending. And a new beginning.
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