• Local boy with cancer given days to live fulfilling dreams thanks to charity group


    BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - A local boy battling cancer is getting the chance to live some of his dreams.

    Johnny Schutte, 10, has been given only days to live, but still finds the strength to do the things he's always wanted: ride in a fire truck, ride the incline, go bowling.

    Johnny's family members said he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and tumors have filled his body.

    "Without the support of friends and family you couldn't get through it," said Virginia Schutte, Johnny's mother.

    Doctors said the Beaver Falls boy may only have days left to live. His father said the young boy is struggling with both his medications and questions about what will happen to him.

    "Johnny asked me, 'When I go to heaven will I get a cellphone to bring with me so I can call you and tell you what is happening and what it's going to be like?' That just tore me up when he said that," said John Schutte Sr. , Johnny's dad.

    After hearing about Johnny's story Jamie's Dream Team, a charity that helps children with life-threatening conditions, stepped in.

     "This has been one of the hardest dreams I've ever done," said Jamie Holmes of Jamie's Dream Team. "To be 10 years old and to ask, 'Am I going to die?' To hear him say that, my heart is so broken."

    But the group has organized many activities for Johnny, who got to ride with the Circleville firefighters and watch them go on a real call. Something his family said he's always wanted to do.

    For more information on Jamie's Dream Team and to make a donation, visit Jamie's Dream Team's website.

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