Kevin Bezon, originally from Ohio, always had a place in his heart for the south thanks to his sister.
"She would always listen to Elvis and I would always go to Graceland," Kevin said, adding he's been to Graceland "probably more than Elvis."
Little did the 28-year-old realize how big of a role Memphis would play in his life.
At 11-months-old, doctors diagnosed Kevin with medulloblastoma, a severe type of brain tumor.
"One arrogant doctor said he didn't stand a snowball's chance in Hell of making it," said Kevin's dad Ron Bezon, "I went to the chapel and got on my knees and said the Lord's Prayer and said, ‘God I never lost a son, but I know you have. You have to help me through this.'"
Kevin and his family made eight trips a month to St. Jude from Ohio before finally moving to Memphis TN. He had 15 brain tumors, 50 surgeries, and countless rounds of chemotherapy.
"He was happy as can be. Packing his bag to come to St. Jude because he knew he'd get a lot of love, kudos and sugar, and just couldn't wait to come down here for another brain surgery," said Ron.
Throughout the surgeries and treatments, it never got him down.
"You got to keep your hopes up. Just because your glass is full of water doesn't mean … don't let it spill over," said Kevin, adding other kids facing his circumstances shouldn't be scared.
Kevin's remained a source of optimism for everyone around him, even his dad.
"It was a wintery day and a blast of sleet and snow hit me in the face," recalled Ron, "I looked down at Kevin to make a negative comment about the weather and he looked up at me and said, ‘It's a beautiful day isn't it dad?' and I said, ‘Yes son, it's a beautiful day.'"
Despite his health challenges, Kevin has given back all his life: From giving Elvis tribute performances at senior citizen centers and donating a set of Wilson golf clubs he won to his caretaker. He even found a way to give back when his mother died.
"Kevin's mother passed away in 2001," said Ron, "And he left a $1,000 gift to St. Jude to help the children at St. Jude with money she had left him."
Kevin is now on end of life hospice care. He's had his thyroid removed, suffered strokes , his liver is pressing up against his lungs and his body is racked from surgeries.
"In the last two years he's tried two new chemotherapies from St. Jude and unfortunately they haven't worked," said Ron.
Kevin added, "My surgeon says ‘I could do surgery but I don't know what the outcome it.'"
All of this isn't stopping him from continuing to give back.
His birthday wish: Raise $28,000 for St. Jude. It's $1,000 for every year of his life; $1,000 for every birthday his family was not sure he'd make it through.
He hopes his donation helps other children from asking the questions he's asked for 28 years.
"They can't find a cure for it. Why does it keep coming back? Why do the cancers keep coming back?" said Kevin, "I keep my hopes up."
By March, Kevin reached his $28,000 birthday wish, but you can still help him surpass his goal by visiting his St. Jude birthday website here.