Knoxville boy supports best friend battling rare, aggressive cancer

CJ Hardy (L) and Lucas Jones (R) (Courtesy: WATE)
CJ Hardy (L) and Lucas Jones (R) (Courtesy: WATE)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville eight-year-old is fighting for his life, after being diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer, but his best friend isn’t letting him do it alone.

CJ Hardy and Lucas Jones are best friends, but instead of playing Star Wars or Nerf battles together like they used to, they’re now dealing with a very adult issue.

Lucas was diagnosed with in March with a form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Three weeks ago, CJ shaved his head –because that’s what best friends do.

“I wanted to shave my hair because I didn’t want Lucas to feel alone if it came back,” CJ said.

Due to the rare and aggressive type of cancer Lucas is fighting, he has to undergo months of treatment and chemotherapy. With treatment he’s been given a 20 to 30 percent chance of survival.

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“When we’re driving and my son says, ‘Mom, I found out Lucas has lost his hair and I want to shave my head for him,’ it brought tears to my eyes,” said CJ’s mom Jessica.

Next Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts in West Knowville, a fundraiser with a bounce house, silent auction and a sponsored kick-a-thon will be held, with all the proceeds going to Lucas’s family.

“With Lucas, he does understand this is very serious for him, and I think this is what motivates [CJ] even more to push forward and try to help him,” said Jessica Hardy.

GoFundMe page has also been set up to help Lucas’s family.

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