Local boy battling leukemia gets wish granted


One little boy from Gulfport is about to have his wildest dreams come true thanks to his school and Make-A-Wish.

Sumner Holland turned five-years-old Thursday. The student at St. James Elementary School has been battling leukemia for most of his life. Drew Holland, Sumner’s father, said, “It’s hard to think you have a little guy who hasn’t lived much a life yet and he’s having to deal with something like this. It’s not really fair, but it’s kind of what we are dealt with, but he has handled it like a champ.”

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On Sumner’s birthday, St. James Elementary in Gulfport and Make-A-Wish teamed up to grant his wish of flying over a volcano in a helicopter in Hawaii. “Hopefully he smiles and he loves it. We don’t remember things as we grow older from when we were younger, but I’m thinking this one is going to be pretty memorable and one that will stick with him.”

The school raised $5,000 for Sumner’s wish with a fundraiser called ‘lucky ducks.’ St. James Principal Jennifer Broadus said, “Sumner is an awesome student. He is loved by so many. He has just a very vibrant personality so we are so happy to have him here and be able to help him.”

Sumner’s family says the support they have received from their community means the world to them especially as they are facing the most difficult battle of their lives. “It’s incredible. I think I’ve said it before, but a lot of times it takes something like this to realize the kind of support that you have out there from people you don’t even know.”

The family will leave for Hawaii next month.


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