Killeen: Local community holds truck parade for young boy battling brain cancer

Published: Jun. 27, 2021 at 7:06 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - Dozens gathered in Killeen Sunday in a truck parade for Rory McCracken, a three-year-old boy battling brain cancer.

Just six weeks ago, Rory was admitted to the hospital with a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. Even after surgery, the tumor grew back.

“I’ve had days where I’ve broken down and cried a lot,” said Rory’s Mother, Ashley Manwiller.

“It starts off a simple as just waking up and he’s in bed next to me, rolls over, reaches his chubby little hand on my face and says I love you mommy. I really hope I can enjoy moments like this for at least another year or two.”

Uncertain of how long Rory will live, his grandparents put out a request to have some local car groups come out to support him. Within mere days, motorcycles, trucks and dozens of vehicles lined up to say hello and even give the family presents.

“I’ve had several truck and car clubs contact me,” said Rory’s Grandfather, James McCracken.

“The ball rolled faster than I ever could’ve hoped for. He’s a boy’s boy. He loves trucks, he loves anything that makes a loud sound so that’s why this meant so much.”

What’s next for Rory is a trip to Saint Jude’s Hospital in Memphis July 5, where doctors will continue their tests and are hopeful that chemotherapy may help.

With Rory’s future unknown, his mother is proud the community came together to help give him something special.

“It’s so uncertain right now that I’ve got to cherish every little moment.”

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help take care of medical expenses moving forward. Anyone who’d like to donate can find the link here.

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