Stormont Vail supplements childhood cancer treatment with night of fun

GRANTVILLE, Kan. (WIBW) - Young cancer fighters enjoyed a night of fun - as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The fun night put on by the Cotton O'Neil Cancer Center helps kids get back to what they do best.

"I think what people forget is these kids get sick, they go through a lot, but they're just kids. So what's really important is that they have fun, they spend their time just as kids," said Dr. Youmna Othman, a specialist in pediatric hematology and oncology with Stormont Vail.

Stormont Vail invited dozens of childhood cancer patients and their families to Gary's Berries in Grantville.

"We try to celebrate kids who are undergoing treatment or who have undergone treatment for childhood cancers," she said.

Austin Lang knows all too well what they're going through.

"It was a pretty tough road at first," he said. "A few years ago, about April 2015, they told me that I had a cancerous tumor that was in my brain."

Now that he's doing better - he wants to show other kids they can get better too.

"I just wanna have fun and make these kids proud and show them to never give up, make their dreams come true, and never let anyone tell you what you can or can't do, just follow your dreams and be who you are," he said.