Some of you may remember, little Liam Reinier from when we covered a story about him in July of 2006. Liam was 4-years old and fighting a rare form of bone cancer that doctors didn’t think he could beat.
His mother Regina said, “Doctors told us that treating Liam would just cause him to die faster and more painfully. So we should enjoy the time that we had left.”
But his family refused to give up.
Liam proved those doctors wrong, and today he is a happy, healthy ten-year old.
He received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and remains cancer free today.
St. Jude does not charge families for treatment, so donations and fundraisers are crucial.
Saturday, they held their annual Give Thanks Walk at Valley West Mall.
Hundreds of people from more than 60 Iowa communities filled the mall hoping to raise money for kids like Liam. Many participants walked in honor of children treated at the hospital.
Organizers say the event raised $36,000 for St. Jude.