A 17-year-old Sioux Falls boy is going to need a lot of support from family and friends in the weeks and months to follow.
Jayden Philips has testicular cancer, but for months he never told anyone, not even his own parents and now the cancer has spread to other parts of his body.
Jayden is described as a good hearted kid, who would do anything for anyone. But now he's the one who is going to need help.
Jayden has testicular cancer. But because Jayden is also quiet and shy, he never told anyone for the longest time.
"It was about 15 months ago he first discovered a small mass and he let it go," Jayden's grandmother Kat Stevens said. "he being a teenager, being very shy, he just I think he was embarrassed and I don't think he wanted to confront that it might be something else."
Jayden has already had one surgery, but must undergo another one next week at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Despite the devastating news, Jayden has remained about as positive as one could expect.
"He's a trooper, but the thing is, he's so unaware of the seriousness of letting it go for this long, in someway it might be a blessing, because he's quite calm about it," Stevens said.
The medical bills are adding up and that's why there'll be a fundraiser Monday night at the East Street Pizza Ranch where 10% of all sales will go to help Jayden.
"Absolutely gratifying, it's amazing what you can do just the small things you can do for families," Matt Jones of Pizza Ranch said.
And Jayden's family is grateful to Pizza Ranch and to the community of Sioux Falls, who always seem to be there when they're needed most.
"Their hearts are always so open to help families when there's such catastrophic expenses that are incurred with this," Stevens said.
Jayden's fundraiser is Monday night from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. You can also make donations to a fund set up at the Sioux Empire Federal Credit Union at 57th & Solberg.