Honored Kid

Liam R.

Liam R.  Kid Photo


Spotsylvania , VA, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

April 2008



Treated At

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

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My Story

In 2008 at the age of six our Liam was diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), a rare form of pediatric cancer that originates in the brainstem. Liam was always a happy boy and even through some truly frightening things that no child should ever know, he always had an amazing sense of humor, an amazing faith and a matter-of-factness about all of it. He knew he would be okay no matter what. Liam underwent radiation and chemotherapy and we saw a steady improvement in his symptoms. We had many magical months with him to include his Make a Wish Trip to be zoo keeper at Disney's Animal Kingdom. DIPG is an aggressive tumor and in the majority of cases gives little time to the children who are effected by it. In January of last year (2009) Liam's symptoms began to return and over the following months he lost the ability to walk (but still was determined for as long as he could to use his walker), the ability to talk (but would sign I love you to his Mom). DIPG took so much physically from him but still his spirit was strong. His beautiful smile remained the longest. So fitting for a little boy who loved to make people laugh, who fought so hard for his victory over cancer. On June 22, 2009 our Liam WON his peace when he was called home to God. The legacy Liam has left with each of us that were blessed to love him is one of love, courage,humor and an unwavering faith. Truly he is and always will be our hero~ www.caringbridge.org/visit/liamreilly

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