PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla - When you walk into Dylan Picariello's room, the first thing you notice is his love of NASCAR.
Then you see all the machines that keep the 14-year old alive.
Dylan was diagnosed at age 3 with an inoperable brain tumor.
After rounds of chemotherapy and radiation didn't work, doctors suggested hospice.
But his mother wouldn't give up.
Sharon Picariello tried alternative therapies and the tumor stopped growing.
"But unfortunately, the chemo and radiation and the tumor itself really caused a lot of physical damage," she says.
There are 28 machines, fans and lights plugged in around Dylan's room and most of them have to be on 24 hours a day.
Taking care of Dylan is a full-time job, so the family relies on Medicaid and what Sharon can make selling things on eBay.
The bills pile up quickly, especially the bill to power all the machines.
At one point, the Picariellos owed $30,000 to Florida Power & Light.
The Van Duzer Foundation offered to help, hosting a fundraiser that brought in $8,100.
FPL waived the back payments and the house will be outfitted with a green energy system to help lower the bills.
Still, the family needs help.
There will be many more bills but Sharon says it's all worth it.
"He's a very tenderhearted, caring," says Sharon.
"A lover," Dylan adds.
"Yes," says Sharon. "He's a very loving child with a great sense of humor. He makes me giggle everyday, he's got some great one-liners. He's got a very large, Christian heart and he's my hero. He's the center of my world."
If you'd like to help out, go to www.thevanduzerfoundation.org
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