Community rallies to make sick teen's wish come true

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DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A local teenager fighting a rare incurable disease isn't dwelling on his illness, instead he's checking things off his bucket list.

Zachary Fuller is fighting a terminal disease called Spinocerebellar Ataxia, it's a neurological condition that affects your legs, hands and speech.

Saturday, friends and family gathered at a park in Derby to help him fulfill a wish. 

"I've been wanting to have a Nerf gun battle for a couple of weeks now," Fuller said.

The Nerf guns were donated and everyone enjoyed playing capture the flag.

"It's really nice to see people show up to support a 17 year old who has guts and bravery to face his sickness. It's a really good feeling to be apart of," Kenny Ault said. 

Zachary spent a lot of time in a Kansas City hospital, so to take his mind off things his mother, Heather Sims, bought him Nerf guns.

"Then all of the nursing staff came and had a Nerf gun war in his room, so he's been talking about it non stop about having a huge one so I said we can pull it off," Sims said. 

Sims says it's not easy seeing her son's health decline, but it's his strength and positivity is helping her get through this difficult time.

"He's stronger than I ever could have imagined," she said.

Fuller's bucket list is mostly about what he wants to do for others than himself. 

"He thinks of things like he wants to go to Disneyland to see his little sister's reaction. He wants to go to Mid-evil times with his brother. Everything he wants to do is for somebody else," Sims said. 

Ultimately, Zachary wants to go to Disneyland and put his toes in the ocean.

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