10-year old celebrates last chemotherapy treatment; visits NBC33 studio

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:50am

"He was counting down the months, the weeks, the days," said mother, Denise Freeman.

And for one ten-year-old, that day has arrived.  Meet James Walker, Jr. or JJ. He loves football, riding four-wheelers and is in 4th grade. And as of Monday, March 24th, he was chemotherapy free

When asked how he felt, J.J. replied, "Exciting, very cool because I don't have to take all that medicine I did."
"He was so excited, and by him being excited, I was excited," chimed his mother.

And JJ's family said the road hasn't always been easy.  "You're looking at a little boy who wasn't taking any pills, to taking 69 pills a week," added Freeman.  "I got to take my chemo at ten o'clock, my denitron at ten, and I've still got to take my septra, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, two days
straight," added J.J.

J.J. was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor when he was just 8, and people with this particular tumor aren't expected to live more
than a year.  But, after some time at St. Jude Children's Hospital, JJ beat those odds and more.

"It really is a blessing because he's doing well, like I said, it's been about two years and he really is a miracle, and we thank God for it," said his mother as J.J. laughed and enjoyed the NBC33 Weather Center with Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel.

St. Jude specializes in research of children's cancers and diseases.  Families who go to St. Jude Children's Hospital don't have to pay for anything.

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