WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) — The family of a cancer-stricken boy who was first denied, and then granted, coverage by officials for a key treatment still has one big wish.
That wish? That Hunter Pietrowski see the 14th birthday he shares with two siblings — he’s a triplet — cancer-free.
It’s been a hard few months for 13-year-old Pietrowski and his family. In June he was diagnosed with cancer.
“At 13 you don’t want to think about how long you have,” said his mom, Tiffany Pietrowski.
After weeks of radiation, Hunter’s parents found out their son was denied insurance for stem cells to assist with his chemo treatment.
Within hours of posting a video to social media and speaking to the news, the family’s insurance changed its decision. And for the first time in a while the family was crying in a different way.
“The tears on Friday were well deserved very happy tears,” said Tiffany Pietrowski. “Tears of joy,” Hunter’s father Adam Pietrowski added.
“Finally we know we’re going to get what he needs and he has that great chance of recovery,” said Tiffany Pietrowski.
Just a week ago the family says they had no idea what they would do without the insurance. Now, Hunter is out of the hospital beds and able to cuddle up with his parents with a good outlook for his cancer.
“It just feels good to be home,” said Hunter Pietrowski.
And it wasn’t just his parents who missed him.
“It’s good to have him back, it was lonely without him,” said Hunter’s brother, Kyran Pietrowski.
Hunter is a triplet. And even though he has several more treatments to come, his mom is hopeful the boys will bring in their 14th birthday with an amazing gift next year.
“Big birthday present, no cancer; that’s what we’re looking for,” she said.