This weekend, monsters with be marching to scare away childhood cancers.
Liam Cuttle, 7, was diagnosed with high-risk stage 4 neuroblastoma just before his 3rd birthday. It’s an aggressive form of childhood cancer and Liam was given a 50-60% chance of survival.
“It hurts and it’s painful,” Liam said, remembering his time in the hospital.
That year his friends and family threw him a huge Halloween-themed party since his birthday falls just before the holiday. The intent was to raise money for neuroblastoma research.
“We were so distraught we just wanted to do something to feel like we were helping find a cure,” said his mother, Heather.
A year-and-a-half later, after intense and aggressive treatments, Liam was declared cancer-free, but the family continued to raise funds with their charity, now called Liam’s Brigade.
Their biggest event each year is the Monster March. Held on the downtown streets in Oakville, the day is a chance for kids to dress up and trick-or-treat, play games and most importantly, it’s a way for families to continue to raise money.
In just four years, Liam’s Brigade has raised close to $100,000 for neuroblastoma.
Liam is quite proud of that.
“I want the doctor’s to have all the money, so other kids won’t have cancer.”
This year’s march happens this Sunday, October 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting at 216 Lakeshore Rd E. in Oakville.