Friday, FOX6 met again with a south Alabama family who have relocated to the Birmingham area to get treatment for two siblings battling a rare genetic disease.
Gesean and Gevon Pickens have Wiskot-Aldrick syndrome. It's often mistaken for leukemia.
It's been five months since 5-year-old Gesean underwent a bone marrow transplant, and all signs are pointing to a good recovery. But the road here hasn't been easy.
"It's hard seeing you kid sitting and knowing you can't do anything for him. Like wow, I can't go over there, there's nothing I can do. It's up to the doctors. They did it. He's doing great," Gesean's father, Gregory Pickens, said.
Now the Pickens hope their 7-year-old will have the same results. Gevon will undergo the same procedure in December.
Even with the renewed hope from Gesean's successful transplant, the family has had many hardships. The Pickens have had to leave their family behind in Foley, quit their jobs, and move to a city they're not familiar with.
"The doctors were sending us up here ASAP so we had to just drop everything that we were doing right then," said Pickens.
The Pickens' social worker reached out to ateam Ministries, who placed the family in a home in Homewood.
"Gevon, the teachers love him. Deshante's at Homewood High. Genequia is at Homewood Middle, [Gesean is] at Edgewood, we're just settled in basically," said Pickens.
But in two months the lease is up on the home.
"It's overwhelming. We don't know what to do right now. We're just stuck between a rock and a hard place," said Pickens.
ateam Ministries tells me they're confident they will have the Pickens in a new home in plenty of time.
For the family, they're just ready for this chapter of their life to be over and get back home to all their family and friends.
"Just back to a normal life, the kids playing, back to just having a normal life, going to work 9-5. Hey just living a regular life. I love it," Pickens said.
The Pickens have already lost one son to this disease, which is why they're not taking any chances with Gesean and Gevon. Fortunately for the Pickens their two older daughters were perfect matches for their brothers, which made this process a little bit easier.
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