PALM BAY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A brave little boy from Palm Bay has been fighting cancer most of his life. Now it's in remission, and his family is saying 'thank you!' to doctors.
Today, two-year-old Grant Gibbens is happy and full of energy. But it's been a long, hard journey, and his family spent the morning thanking the doctors and nurses.
“We can't say thank you enough for everything that's been done for us,” said John Gibbens, Grant's father.
Grant’s been working with the team at Florida Hospital, where doctors have been treating Grant since his family got the toddler’s test results back.
“Within hours we found out that he had leukemia,” John Gibbens said.
Since then, it was a tough slog through chemotherapy. The cancer went into remission, but then came back. Doctors said Grant had one more chance - a bone marrow transplant - but they needed a donor.
There was no guarantee of success, but it turns out when doctors tested Grant's two-month-old brother Wyatt, his cells were a perfect match. Doctors used cells from Wyatt’s umbilical cord for the procedure, and they say it worked.
“The entire team - Dr. Shook, Dr. Kelly, are amazing!” John Gibbens said.
One of Grant's physicians, Dr. David Shook, says the worst may be over now for the toddler. Shook says his greatest wish is for the boy to forget he ever had this deadly disease.
“He's young enough that hopefully he won't remember this,” Dr. Shook said, “and I don't want him to have any part of his cancer therapy that he ever has to remember.”