Health insurance renewed for Gainesville boy battling cancer

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GAINESVILLE, TX -- Seven year old, Hunter Alford, was born with a rare form of cancer.

"Plexiform fibrohistiocytic tumors. Hunter is the fourth person in the world to have it, he still is the fourth person," said Krista Alford, Hunter's mother.

Back in November, Hunter's parents, Krista and Ron Alford learned that Children's Medicaid, or CHIP, had cancelled hunter's insurance when changes were made under the new Affordable Care Act.

Krista says it was heartbreaking to learn that Hunter may not be able to receive his chemotherapy treatment.

She says so many people called CHIP, that they were forced to do something about it.

"They got bombarded with calls and emails the lady told me from a lot of people," Krista said. "And she goes, we put Hunter at the top of our list and I'll have an answer for you in a week. By George she called me within a week and told me he had insurance."

Hunter will have coverage starting March 1st.

Ron says he and Krista are both ecstatic and relieved.

"I'm just overjoyed," Ron said. "I'm glad that if something comes up and he needs treatment then we'll be able to get it with a lot less stress and worry, you know."

Krista says they've received over $60,000 in donations, which allowed them to pay for Hunter's last round of chemo.

But some of the greatest gifts were not monetary...

Like the visit from a wounded soldier, who gave Hunter a medal he'd been awarded.

And the Army Commendation Medal given to him by the Department of Army for sustained acts of heroism.

Something Krista says her son has shown time and time again....

"He is a soldier," Krista said. "He's been once since he's been itty bitty and hes fought. He beat cancer once and beat it again."

Krista says he has his good and bad days, but this was definitely a good one.

He even felt good enough to help us shoot some video behind the scenes.

His dad says Hunter's a lot more playful these days.

"He's a goofball, he likes to play, he has a huge imagination," said Ron. \

Hunter's five year old sister, Mikayla, who was also born with a different rare form of cancer, will also have coverage starting March 1st.

Krista says they have to continuously monitor a few spots on his head, and he'll still have to receive full body scans every 3 months.

But he's improving, and now his family is hopeful for the future.

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