Local boy's spirit lives on after long battle with cancer

Local boy's spirit lives on after long battle with cancer

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 1:09 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Grier Christenbury should still be playing soccer. He should still be playing with Legos and he should be making memories with his friend Kellan.

"Him like blocking passes from the tallest player on the team and then he had a pick six," Kellan said of the fun times he had with Grier at his birthday party.

The nine-year-old with a great smile was loved by so many and died too young, just days before Thanksgiving.

NBC Charlotte first introduced you to Grier in March.

At age 2 he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer of the nerve cell, for all those years, all those surgeries, all that chemo, his mom Amy worked tirelessly to remind all of us that there aren't enough research dollars for pediatric cancer.

"I think people think it takes millions to fund a research project...it only takes $100,000."

A small amount but still out of the National Cancer Institute’s $5 billion budge. Only three percent goes to pediatric cancer and kids like Grier.


"It’s really shocking to me that their little bodies are getting adult treatments and that there's not more out there for them," Grier's teacher Kristen McDonald said.

She’ll keep his picture on her desk.

Grier’s principal told NBC Charlotte everyone here hoped for a miracle and believe they got it.

"The miracle was really Grier's life and what he gave to all of us,” he said.

The Cookies for Kids' Cancer Fundraiser and Bake Sale -- something Grier's family and friends have been involved with for years -- will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park Road Shopping Center and Blackhawk Hardware.

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