Town Makes Cowboy Wish Come True For Boy Battling Cancer

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WATERLOO, ILLINOIS (KTVI)-- Residents of Waterloo, Illinois helped make a wish come true for a 5-year-old boy battling cancer.

KPLR 11’S Patrick Clark introduces us to a brave little cowboy and his twin brother who got to spend the day in the country, like kings.

Pink and purple were the primary colors in Waterloo Thursday, but it was this town`s red carpet that took the Charles family by surprise.

Residents of Waterloo lined up to make it a memorable day for 5-year-old Joe-Joe and his twin brother Patrick.

Joe-Joe is battling neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer.

Today he and his family came from their Kansas home for a country experience in Monroe County.

“When you pull up and see this many people and the crowd cheering on a little boy they`ve never met before,” says Angela Charles trying to hold back tears.  “It`s just good people.”

From a limo ride to a semi drive to a stage coach, the Charles brothers got to ride in style. But it was an old fashioned form of transportation that made these two saddle partners happy. They said their favorite part was the horse riding.

Everyone involved was a winner today, especially the Charles family who recently found out Joe-Joe`s cancer is currently in remission.

“It`s wonderful,” says dad Thomas.  “It`s a great way to celebrate and I never thought we`d be celebrating in Waterloo, Illinois but man I`m glad we are.”

So were a number of strangers from Waterloo, Illinois.