Family, friends, strangers gather to host car show for local boy battling brain cancer

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Nine-year-old Mikah Phillips is just like any other third grader. He loves football, skateboarding, and cars.

About seven weeks ago, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"My son was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma Multiforme. It's very rare in kids, it's a very aggressive cancer," Mikah's mom, Debbie Phillips, said.

"It's been extremely stressful for the family. It's been real hard. We've had to do things that I never would wish anyone would have to do," Mikah's dad, Justin Phillips, said.

On Sunday, Mikah and his family began their journey to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville for his second surgery.

Before they hit the road, Mikah got picked up in his favorite car, the Nissan GT-R, and made a pit stop in Panama City, where hundreds of people gathered to surprise him with his very own car show.

"We have people that rode in from Alabama that we don't even know. Car shows have jumped on board too, they did the ride to here," Debbie said.

Aimee Livingston, a family friend who created the event, said she turned to Facebook with a goal of finding someone with a GT-R to give Mikah a ride, but the results were overwhelming.

"I could've never imagine it being this big and it's so heartwarming that there's so many people willing to just come out and help support him," Livingston said.

"I'm very passionate about what he's going through and i just want to be part of his life and it's just something to add to the positive things that are going on in his life at this point," Richie Brose, who drove down from Alabama, said.

"It makes me feel good because for a kid that's going through a hard time, it's nice to be able to boost his spirits," Dominik Briggs, who also drove down from Alabama, said.

"Theres a McLaren and a Dodge Demon, it's pretty cool," Mikah said.

Mikah will be undergoing surgery on Tuesday. He'll then head to Jacksonville for about six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.