BISMARCK, N.D. - No one but a parent can really understand the heartbreaks and struggles as a child battles through a life-threatening illness. Sometimes, there are victories.
We begin tonight with the heroic story of a seven-year old Bismarck boy who is winning his fight with cancer.
When William grows up, he wants to be an architect. And you'll soon see how his love for Legos turned into a granted wish.
Just looking at it, you'd think this is just an ordinary home. And in this large family is William, who has been building with Legos his entire life.
"Ever since he was big enough to stick 2 blocks together, he has been a builder. Whatever he can build, he's like, ‘Mom, I want to build that!’ That's his favorite past time," said Veronica Moran, William’s mom.
His love of blocks would grow into some form of a therapy. Last year, a malignant tumor was found in his brain.
Cerebella Mutism then left William unable to speak for over a month. In and out of the hospital for procedures and chemo; every time he went, there was a new Lego set waiting for him.
"Staying in the hospitals had almost became an enjoyment of being there, because we would be going to the hospital and there would be a new Lego set to work on while we were there," Veronica said.
This last summer, the Make-A-Wish foundation reached out to the family, and where to go was almost a given. William got to ride in a cement truck and visited a construction company, all before a surprise trip to LEGOLAND in Florida.
"Everyone was over the moon excited. It was the first thing everyone did every morning was run downstairs and flip the calendar. 'Oh my gosh, we only have 17 days to go!’" Veronica said.
From beginning to end, it was always a game of mindset.
"For William, it wasn't a sign of he's going through this hard thing so he gets to make a wish to help him make it through. For him, I think it was more of a signifying mark of 'this is over now. I'm done with it.,’" Veronica said.
After 6 six full weeks of radiation treatment and another 6 rounds of chemo, William has no signs of the tumor or any other cancers. He is attending school, but spends all his free time building with Legos.