Local 6-Year-Old Celebrates Special Birthday


A Cheatham County boy who just celebrated turning six-years-old likely will not live to see another birthday because he is battling a growing tumor on his spine and heart. Family of Nicholas Boston Luna said he has beat leukemia twice, but this time doctors said the cancer has returned and has grown rapidly. Nicholas’ physicians have taken the little boy off his prescriptions except for his pain meds. He has days left to live.

Nicholas was excited to begin kindergarten at East Cheatham Elementary last year, but things took a turn for the worse. But such a dire situation does not prevent his family from staying positive.

“Nicholas is a good boy and he is going to be an angel,” said James Johnson, Nicholas’ “Paw Paw” as his eldest grandson calls him.

His family and caring neighbors made sure his last birthday on July 6th was a big one. Besides balloons and birthday pizza, the community showed huge support by sending him hundreds of birthday cards to his home in Ashland City, donating birthday signs for his front yard, and sending him an edible basket full of goodies that he loved.

“It turned him into a cookie monster,” Johnson said.

The response really touched the heartstrings of Nicholas’ family.

“The community really has shown that there’s still love in this world,” he said.

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