HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (WSB) - A Georgia mom who found herself facing eviction after she returned from a Make-A-Wish event with her sick son said she now has some hope thanks to the kindness of a celebrity ally.
"It's just overwhelming that somebody cares," Xernna Nieves said.
That someone is film producer, director, writer and actor Tyler Perry. Upon hearing about the mother's plight, he agreed to pay her rent for one year.
Nieves's son John has aplastic anemia, a rare bone marrow disease that destroys the immune system. After she struggled to pay her rent on time, Nieves's eviction notice came one day after John returned from a Make-A-Wish visit with NBA star Derrick Rose.
Nieves said she is overwhelmed by Perry's offer.
"We appreciate it," she said. "It will allow me to get Johnathan to get back on his feet."