(KERO/CNN) - After surviving two different types of cancer, a teen works toward a new goal - keeping a smile on his face.
To his friends and family Alex Hunter is bulletproof.
“When we were down, he was always up, he would say 'Grandma let's pray, I'm in pain' and so we would pray,” said Roberta Hunter.
He was diagnosed at 4 years old and faced cancer twice. And now he’s looking at another challenge.
“I had my teeth removed because they were all loose, and eventually when they fall out, new teeth won't grow in,” Alex said.
The insurance covered extracting the teeth but will not help with getting him new ones. The insurance said it wasn't a medical issue and of course it's from a medical issue.
The family says new dentures would cost about $11,000, but Alex doesn't want to burden them. So along with applying for various foundations, they're having a raffle.
“It's obviously an expense that we did not expect,” said Liz Hunter. “You know, I always tell him just one day at a time and that's kind of how we've always taken it.”
His family said Alex has always been a selfless and bright kid. He is taking advanced placement classes, won an honor roll award last spring and he is already planning for college.
“For me, I want to be a counselor. I want to major in psychology and sociology so I can help others the way I do at school,” Alex said.
He says no matter what happens he will keep on enjoying life and taking one day at a time.
If you would like to help Alex, inquire about purchasing a raffle ticket by sending mail to Alex Hunter, Care of SCA, P.O. Box 1876, Delano, CA 93216.
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