Cancer is a devastating and cruel disease that claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. And, despite the millions of dollars that we have thrown into finding a cure for the deadly disease, we're still no closer ending cancer than we were all those years ago.
Because of this, the United States has the fifth-highest cancer rate in the world.
So, in the current climate, it's nice to hear the success stories of people beating the disease.
And one dad has gone viral for that exact reason - after he shared the most heartwarming video to celebrate his young son being cancer-free for eleven months. Keep scrolling to hear the family's story, and to watch the heartwarming video.
Each year in the U.S. there are an estimated 15,780 children who are diagnosed with cancer.
via: GettyThese heartbreaking statistics show just how much of an issue this disease has become in our country.
The disease is having devastating consequences on families all over the country...
via: GettyIt's every parent's worst nightmare to hear that their child has been diagnosed with cancer, and the road to recovery is a turbulent and uncertain one.
So, it's always great to hear the success stories...
via: GettyIn the dark world of cancer, there is always that little beacon of shining light... The chance of a full recovery.
Though the chances are often slim...
via: GettyThere are a number of heartwarming success stories that will restore your faith in the seemingly endless battle against the disease.
And Kristian Thomas is one of those stories.
What exactly is leukemia?
via: GettyLeukemia is a cancer of the blood and stem cells, and primarily affects children. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be around 60,300 new cases of leukemia in the United States in 2018, resulting in a devastating 24,370 deaths.