Love Thy Neighbor: Parents Of Ill Baby Receive A Welcome Surprise

(WREG-TV) We passed it on this week to a couple whose baby boy is battling a disease that’s as hard to say as it is to diagnose, but there’s no shortage of people who want to help.

Our playmaker is Bonnie Hunter, and her grandson is helping out, too.

Bonnie’s worried about a little boy in her condo complex who’s not even two years old – Colt Nuccio.

“Their little boy colt has a condition, I don’t even know how to pronounce it. It’s a long word. But he has to have chemo for a solid year.”

The disease is Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

Little Colt’s parents noticed he was having pain when they’d raise his legs to change him, and doctors eventually found a hole in his left hip bone.

Lesions of immune cells are attacking his body, including his lymph nodes and upper chest.

It’s not cancer, but it’s being treated as such at St. Jude.

“He’s a tough little boy, but he’s had a rough go of it.”

So has Bonnie. Her son, Shawn, was murdered two years ago, and his killer was never caught.

Bonnie says Colt’s family has been there to support her ever since.

Bonnie says since Colt’s diagnosis four months ago, his dad was laid off from his job as an auto-mechanic and the financial toll has been huge.

Colt’s mom Melissa was quite surprised when we arrived.

As we were passing it on, Colt’s dad, Ben, happened to show up.

With expenses and worries that are hard to imagine, Bonnie says it’s nice to know she’s helped out a young family at a time when they need it most.

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