“One of the things that make pediatric cancer different from adult cancer is that most adults will have a risk factor, but most children are just healthy children, who have no other associated medical problems,” says Cook Children’s Pediatric Oncologist, Kenneth Heym.

Last year doctors had to perform a major brain surgery after finding a softball-sized tumor on the brain of 1 year-old Liam.

“It was so embedded at the time that when they removed the tumor, that part of his brain had already been killed basically,” says mother, Shainah Johnson.

For her 1 year-old son, Shainah had to make a decision for treatment, one that could cause permanent damage to Liam’s brain.

“The radiation would kill that part of his brain, like his behavioral…they basically said he’d be super-power ADHD kid, and absolutely nothing could help him,” says Johnson.

The toddler had to go through 33 rounds of radiation at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

“Cure rates in pediatrics is much higher than they are in adults and if you take all comers of pediatric cancer, the best and the worst, you’re looking at a 7 to 8 out of every 10 children being cured of their disease,” says Heym.

The now 2 year-old is part of a growing cure rate.

“We went to the ER on the 21st of October 2016, January 31, 2017 three months and ten days later he is cancer free,” says Johnson.