KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- September marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

43 children within the United States are anticipated to be identified with cancer, every day, in line with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

News Channel 11’s Pheben Kassahun revisited a Kingsport 10-year-old, Kw’Shawn Watterson, who has been battling Wilms Tumor, since his prognosis in 2018.

In the final year, Kw’Shawn Watterson has been to Memphis, Nashville, and even so far as Texas for remedy.

Recently, COVID-19 has stored them nearer to house.

The household is now hoping to convey consciousness amid the pandemic.

“Be strong,” Kw’Shawn Watterson informed Pheben Kassahun in a Zoom name, Monday morning.

Being sturdy is one thing the 10-year-old has to continually remind himself.

Kw’Shawn’s mom, Destiny Fields mentioned, “Now we’re home to Kingsport. So, now we just go to Johnson City and that’s what we’ll plan to do in November, as well. We’ll just keep going to Johnson City until things start getting a little easy around here.”

Kw’Shawn is preventing a uncommon illness known as Wilms Tumor. It is a kidney cancer that left him with one kidney after the tumor burst and unfold to his lungs.

Fields mentioned, “November will be a year of cancer free. He actually did his last treatment, last year on Thanksgiving.”

Almost one year later Kw’Shawn and his household is celebrating the excellent news.

However, being cancer free doesn’t essentially imply the tumor has utterly disappeared.

According to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the cancer could come again to the identical place as the unique main tumor or to a different place within the physique. If you stay in full remission for 5 years or extra, some medical doctors could say that you’re cured, or cancer-free.

“People hear the words, ‘cancer free’ and they’re like, ‘oh, everything’s fine’ but it’s really not how it works in our world. We still go every three months for scans, blood work, checking kidney functions, I mean the whole 9,” his mom informed Kassahun. “And every three months, we get the same anxiety and stress and, freak out and pray. It’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is but we get by.”

During September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, his mom hopes to make clear the trigger.

According to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, solely 4% of the billions of {dollars} the federal government spends yearly on cancer analysis is directed in direction of treating childhood cancer.

“The children simply don’t get what they want. I imply, so far as consciousness, folks simply assume that it’s simply so uncommon and it’s actually not.

So, she is asking you donate to assist children like her son. Fields mentioned the neighborhood has been so supportive all through the method.

Fields mentioned, “Kingsport’s community was great. From Jackson Elementary to Dobyns-Bennett High School, I mean everyone just came together. They actually, Jackson Elementary’s teacher, Lexi Bradshaw was actually the first person to do our first fundraiser for us through the city.”

In the meantime, this 10-year-old continues to maneuver by means of life by staying busy with house college.

“I pulled each of my children from metropolis colleges and they’re doing precise house college this year. I moved to Graveyard in order that I can steadiness a bit of bit higher. I get off at 9 a.m., we do some college from 10-2, she mentioned. “He’s been doing nice at school this year, haven’t you. He’s occurring a visit, truly tomorrow. He’ll miss tomorrow and return Thursday. They’re going to Chattanooga for house college discipline journey.

While college has been his precedence, Kw’Shawn has picked up a number of new hobbies throughout quarantine.

“I play Tetris,” Kw’Shawn mentioned.
Mom: “What do you collect now that’s different?”
“Pokemon cards,” he mentioned.
Mom: “He loves it. He is obsessed with Pokemon cards.”

You can comply with Kw’Shawn Watterson’s journey on Facebook, right here.

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