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Rocky River boy with rare tumor celebrates return home with parade

Family, friends and neighbors decorated their cars and celebrated the occasion with a welcome home parade.

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — A 12-year-old boy from Rocky River came home this week after years of fighting a rare cancer. 

Fletcher Rollinson returned to his home in Rocky River Sunday after he and his family lived at St. Jude's Hospital the past two years. He was fighting a Pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation  or PPTID, a rare tumor.

Fletcher and his family were welcomed back with lots of love---from a distance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Family, friends and neighbors decorated their cars and celebrated the occasion with a welcome home parade.

Coming home to a new normal, after fighting his own battle against a deadly diagnosis; Flecther had advice for those currently battling coroanvirus. 

"Don't panic... Take it seriously, but don't panic."

As of Sunday afternoon, there are now 1,653 confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio, with 29 deaths including the first deaths reported in Lorain and Medina Counties. Summit and Miami County both have five deaths reported; tied for the most fatalities in the state.

Gov. DeWine held and impromptu press conference Sunday, watch his latest remarks in the player below. 

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