Toddler's Paintings Could Pay for His Cancer Treatments

By: Patrick Clark
By: Patrick Clark

At three, most children are lucky if they can color inside the lines. But toddler Liam Myrick is painting with a passion and that passion could save his life.

Like most three-year-olds, Liam likes cars and trucks and painting pictures.

But for now, the Missouri toddler spends his days and nights at the Missouri Children's Hospital.

Last July, his mom Shawna took him to the doctor after Liam became sick.

"They ordered a CT and our lives changed," Shawna Myrick explained.

Liam was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma. Doctors had found a tumor on top of his kidney.

"When you hear cancer you have two choices, you either get bitter or you get better," Shawna said.

Liam underwent excruciating chemotherapy. Just recently he had a bone marrow stem cell transplant, which is why the brave little boy is confined to his hospital room.

"Part of his physical therapy was getting him up to walk and he had to learn to walk again and so he actually got up and painted it," his mother explained.

To help defray the costs of Liam's medical expenses, totaling more than half a million dollars, the Myrick's are auctioning Liam's work on facebook.

"He doesn't care about what's going to happen ten minutes from now," Shawna added. "He cares about the moment."

Like when he met his favorite doctor, who had something sweet for her new patient.

"For most of his clinical visits and hospitalizations, after that, he would immediately ask me for chocolate when I walked into the door," his doctor, now fondly known as Dr. Chocolate said.

This isn't the first battle for the Myrick family. Last year Liam's six-year-old sister Natalie was diagnosed with an unrelated cancer, currently in remission. The bills are high and they hope the bidding is as well for this little artist's work.

"I hate the fact that he has to go through so much pain," Shawna said. "But he's strong and he shows me how to be strong."

It's not often we learn a thing or two from a three-year-old, but then again this one special little boy, happens to be pretty good with a paintbrush.

If you want to find out more about Liam's paintings, visit his Facebook page at Facebook-dot-com slash Miracle Boy 4 A Cure.

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  • by Misty Location: Iowa on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through. Our family has gone through similar bouts with cancer and sadly continues to do so. I wish the best for you all and my thoughts are with you!!!! Does Liam still have paintings to sell?
  • by Vicki Location: Indiana on Jan 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
    Prayers to you all. We have had many medical problems and I remember when our world literally stopped yet others had no idea what was happening to our baby. I have just posted this on my Facebook page. I have asked everyone to view your beautiful young family and give up something if for only a day to help. Liam; you are a beautiful soul. I have witnessed many miracles and hope to see another with your family. God speed!
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