Mom can’t believe what movie star did for her and her sick son

Posted at 1:28 PM, Apr 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-23 16:41:45-04

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (WSB) - A Georgia mom who found herself facing eviction after she returned from a Make-A-Wish event with her sick son said she now has some hope thanks to the kindness of a celebrity ally.

"It's just overwhelming that somebody cares," Xernna Nieves said.

That someone is film producer, director, writer and actor Tyler Perry. Upon hearing about the mother's plight, he agreed to pay her rent for one year.

Tyler Perry

Nieves's son John has aplastic anemia, a rare bone marrow disease that destroys the immune system. After she struggled to pay her rent on time, Nieves's eviction notice came one day after John returned from a Make-A-Wish visit with NBA star Derrick Rose.

John and Derrick Rose

John and Derrick Rose

Nieves said she is overwhelmed by Perry's offer.

"We appreciate it," she said. "It will allow me to get Johnathan to get back on his feet."