MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a warm welcome home this weekend for a Mineral Ridge boy who has been away from home for the last month fighting cancer.
Seven-year-old Sean Reilly spent the last month at Akron Children’s Hospital where he received chemotherapy treatments.
A family member sent WKBN First News video of firefighters, ambulances and plenty of friends lining the road in Mineral Ridge to welcome Sean back home this weekend.
“That really made him happy because he knows everybody. Everybody knows him, and it was just really exciting. It made it a very good day for him,” said Amy Reilly, Sean’s mother.
Sean stepped up to honk the fire truck horn, and when we visited him Saturday he was back on his swing set.
“He was so happy. He just kept telling us how happy he was to be home and just kept smiling,” Reilly said. “It made for a very good day for us.”
While Sean was in the hospital, people sent gifts and dozens of letters every day. Mineral Ridge football players shaved their heads in solidarity, while Sean watched via FaceTime.
“That’s probably the one thing Sean is looking forward to most is getting to a football game here in Mineral Ridge. Every Friday night that is just a given. We go to the games and he is just as happy as can be,” Reilly said.
One person who couldn’t be attend Sean’s homecoming was his older brother Logan, who had to leave for the Naval Academy one day after his brother went to the hospital.
Sean’s leukemia is in remission. But his battle is just beginning, with three more years of treatment and trips to Akron. Reilly says her family is grateful for the help they’ve gotten from the people in Mineral Ridge.
“It has been amazing. We have a wonderful community, and I am really glad that we live here – wouldn’t change it,” Reilly said.