Filmmaker calls for video messages for boy battling cancer

Peyton Gesing. (Photo: WHNS)

Peyton Gesing. (Photo: WHNS)

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. — South Carolina filmmaker Mike Heisler is asking people to send video messages to a young boy who battling cancer.

Heisler helmed the 2015 documentary “Lawman of Simpsonville,” which chronicled Peyton Gesing’s adventures as an honorary Simpsonville police officer.

Peyton, 7, is battling stage-four Neuroblastoma.

Heisler said on Monday that Peyton was fully dependent on a breathing mask after both lungs collapsed following surgery on Sunday.

Peyton is being treated in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. His mother said lung collapse is a common issue with the type of surgery Peyton had and she expects his lungs to fully recover, according to Heisler.

Heisler, who continues to post updates on Peyton’s fight on social media and had been planning a fun, fictional sequel to “Lawman,” has asked people to record video messages to send to Peyton as he recovers.

Heisler wrote:

“Hey everyone. As you know Peyton is in the fight of his life. Last night both of his lungs collapsed. Here is what I am wanting to do. I want everyone to film themselves letting him know that we are all thinking about him and his mom Suzanne. When you film your video, upload it to your YouTube account and send me the link. I am going to make a compilation of the videos and send to them.

If you don’t have a YouTube account, I will send you the login of the one I created just for this project. Also keep it to under a minute if at all possible. Thank you everyone!!!! #teampeyton”

Heisler said people can send links to videos or clips to him via email ( and he will make sure Peyton receives them.