Rolla child benefits from St. Jude’s Hospital research

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MEMPHIS, TN (KPLR) - FOX2 has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the Dream Home Giveaway. Money raised during the raffle will go directly to the hospital which takes on the toughest cases and helps families around the world.

Andrew Frayer has been traveling from his home in Rolla, Missouri to the children's hospital in Memphis since 2011 when doctors discovered a cancerous tumor the size of an orange growing around his spine and in his pelvis. The tumor spread and Andrew had to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant.

The Frayers returned to Rolla in 2012 after Andrew's scans came back clear. However, in January 2015, Andrew began having migraines.

"He was telling me 'Mom, I have brain cancer, I have brain cancer,' and I said, 'No, honey, it's probably just a side effect of your chemo from your cancer,' and he was right, but I didn't want him to be right because that would mean that we would have to go through this all over again," said Andrew's mother, Heather Frayer.

Doctors found a tumor in the size of a silver dollar in Andrew's sinus and cheek bone. Surgery is not an option for 10 year old Andrew, and because he already had a bone marrow transplant during his first battle with cancer, he is not eligible for another.

"So basically this is the end of the line for us," said Heather.

Through the years, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has provided extensive treatment, housing and transportation at no cost to the Frayers, allowing them to focus solely on getting Andrew healthy again.

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