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LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WCBI)- We’ve introduced you to Quinn Gregory, a 7-year old boy who is battling a rare disease.

While spreading awareness about his illness, the Winston County boy caught the attention of a Mississippi State athlete.

This painting is just the beginning of Quinn Gregory’s Mississippi State collection.

The seven year old got the surprise of his life when starting quarterback Tyler Russell gave him a jersey, the day after winning the Liberty Bowl.

“That just really shows more about Tyler’s character than anything and what great guy he is. He could be out doing whatever on that day and he chose to come see us,” says Suzanne Gregory.

Five years ago, doctors told Brad and Suzanne Gregory their son Quinn had a rare and incurable disease.

“MPS 3A; which is called Sanfilippo Bone Syndrome. His body is missing an enzyme. Mainly affects his brain. His brain deteriorates and he will eventually not be able to eat not walk and just get to vegetable state,” says Gregory.

The Louisville family is bringing attention to Quinn’s disease by handing out bracelets to everyone they meet, including Russell.

“We were out at a local restaurant here in Louisville and we were just eating supper. He walked in and I ran over and gave him a bracelet and we took pictures with him and the kids,” says Gregory.

The meeting left an impact on the Gregory family and Russell.

“So I was home and my ten year old called from the ballgame and she was like, momma, Tyler has his bracelet on and so I started rewinding back to look at when he would throw the ball because he would wear it with his throwing hand,” says Gregory.

“Exciting for him to wear my brother’s bracelet,” says Brayleigh Gregory.

Suzanne says there are hard days. However, small moments of selfless caring keep her motivated.

“God will carry you through it because He has definitely carried us through this whole time and then we have moments where Tyler Russell walks into our house and gives us a jersey so we have moments like that,” says Gregory.

“Want to say anything to Tyler Russell if he sees this?”

Thanks for coming to my house,” says Gregory.

The Gregory family says Quinn is the only person they know of in Mississippi with the rare illness.

 

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  • Maryreed

    I am from Winston Co. and I can assure you everyone here is praying for this special boy and his wonderful family! What Tyler did shows what a truly caring person he is not just a special athlete. such a selfless act from such a great young man.

  • Allison Wallace Ellington

    As a proud graduate of Mississippi State University, I am always looking for positive roll models at the university to share with my kids. When Tyler met Quinn and his family, I was impressed with all of the pictures Suzanne had shared on Facebook…thinking that it was nice of him to take a few pictures with a family that has been in my thoughts and prayers for so long. Then Suzanne posted that Tyler had the bracelet on at the next ballgame…and the next…and every ballgame after he met Quinn. The amount of happiness Tyler brought to Quinn’s family was amplified through every Facebook friend’s news feed. He just wore a bracelet, but to those who have followed Quinn’s story, he did so much more. Tyler, if you read this, know that your small gesture has touched many hearts. Awareness is priceless. Compassion is priceless. Time is priceless. And Tyler gave the Gregory’s a healthy dose of all three!

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