Molly's Kids: 14-year-old in Alexander County battling rare brain disease

Molly's Kids: 14-year-old in Alexander County battling rare brain disease

ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - You know it's serious when an email begins with, "It ate the lining out of his brain and spine..."

14-year-old Dylan Fox, a 9th grader at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, has been battling a rare brain disease called ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis) for 6 years.

"The disease causes Dylan's brain and immune system to fight each other," said his mom, Lisa. "We have been on a long road and are now working on recovery. I read your stories on ?#‎MollysKids and finally decided to write you. I want people to know my son, too."

Dylan originally had to re-learn the basics: talking, walking, and eating. He did that six years ago after first being diagnosed.

Now his favorite hobby of reading is on hold because the disease attacked his optic nerve. It's impacting his eyesight. His mom says that's a temporary side effect. Doctors think his sight should be corrected with time.

Dylan also loves to fish and ride four wheelers. He has one sister, Allison. His parents are David and Lisa Fox of Hiddenite.
Lisa says they're currently going back and forth to Alabama for treatments.

Hang in there, Dylan. Hopefully your parents can read this to you and you'll know lots of support is being sent your way.


**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**