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Boy inspires Ga. Sea Turtle Center

Silas the loggerhead sea turtle (Source: Georgia Sea Turtle Center) Silas the loggerhead sea turtle (Source: Georgia Sea Turtle Center)

Staff at the Jekyll Island Authority's Georgia Sea Turtle Center have named a new loggerhead sea turtle patient after a Lyons boy who is battling terminal liver cancer.

Silas Edenfield, 4, asks to go to the sea turtle room each time he goes for chemotherapy treatment at the hospital, according to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. His bedroom at home is also filled with stuffed sea turtle animals.

The staff at the sea turtle center were so moved by his story they named a new loggerhead patient after him. Silas the sea turtle will be released from the center's care and return to the wild on April 27 during the Tybee Turtle Trot on Tybee Island.

The public can join the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to celebrate Silas and watch the release of the newly healed patient back to the ocean.

The Edenfields are spending as much time with their family as possible and are asking those touched by Silas' story to pray for him and the family, according to the center. 

For more information about Silas and how to help go to and

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