Looking at Dustin Ranson, you see a normal, happy 5 year old.
He loves the Ninja Turtles. He can do the dance to the "Whip and Nae Nae" song. He has a multitude of hats.
He also has terminal brain cancer.
Dustin has Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, otherwise known as DIPG. It's an aggressive brain tumor that happens in the pons, an area of the brain stem. It is inoperable and incurable.
However, with six months of chemo still ahead of him, the Sikeston varsity soccer team decided to help out the Ranson family.
"We just wanted to raise awareness and give Dustin a good night," Head coach Gabe Dement said.
JaRena Ranson, Dustin's mother, is moved by the support the team is showing her son.
"It's unexpected," she said with a smile. "I'm just grateful for people like that."
JaRena has set up a Go-FundMe campaign for her son and all the proceeds raised at the varsity soccer game on October 5th will go to the Ranson family. If you would like to donate, you can click the link here.
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