BAYTOWN, TX (KTRK) --A toddler battling cancer got a big boost thanks to a monster truck parade held in his honor Thursday.
Two-year-old Stevie Matthews has been battling leukemia since October and returned to his Mont Belvieu home last week. His doctors have run out of treatment options.
"No child should ever have to go through this. No parent should ever have to go through this. And to watch people so close to my heart go through this, it kills me every day," his uncle Chris Paulk said. "If I could trade places with them in a minute, I would, no questions asked."
What started out as an idea to do a Monster truck parade by Stevie's house ballooned into a parade at the Royal Purple Raceway on Thursday afternoon.
Soon, 50 to 60 trucks grew to 1,200 vehicles. The event outgrew three facilities and included jeeps, boats, fire trucks and race cars.
"He's touched more people in two years than I will in three life times," Paulk said.
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"I just had a newborn eight months ago. It means the world to me to see a little kid hurt, suffering, brings tears to my eyes," League City firefighter Matt Simpson said. He drove his Jeep to the event.
Volunteers sold stickers, t-shirts and flags with #FightlikeStevie and Lifted Trucks, Lifted Prayers printed on them.
All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Matthews family.
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