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22-month-old from Foley beats rare cancer

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22-month-old, Easton Carraway, is home after spending 6 months at St. Jude's for cancer treatment. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. 22-month-old, Easton Carraway, is home after spending 6 months at St. Jude's for cancer treatment. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) -

22-month-old Easton Carraway is home in Foley after battling a rare form of cancer for months, and he's a fighter!

Easton was just learning how to walk when his parents found out in March that he had stage four cancer, what's called a germ cell tumor. They uprooted their life to St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, with no real expectations of when they'd be home. That day came, two weeks ago.

It's been months since Little Easton has had his sippy cup, played with his toys, and danced with his stuffed animals. When we visited him, he was all smiles and ready to play!

But life away from home has been anything but fun and games. He spent six months at St. Jude's Research Hospital hooked up to machines, fighting for his life.

"It was up and down, one day we'd be in high spirits from something successful, the next day we'd learn of something new," says Easton's dad, Cody Carraway.

Carraway knows a thing or two about being a fighter; he's been a Foley firefighter for years. He's used to getting tough calls, but the one about Easton's cancer, was the toughest. 

"When it's a child, no matter who it is, it's tough, but when it's your own, it's a whole new level, nothing can prepare you for that," says Carraway. "That kid, stronger than I could ever be."

Easton's parents first learned the cancer was in his pelvis. The tumor was so big, he couldn't walk. The cancer then spread to his lungs. 

"The chemo was brutal, several side effects that come along with the chemo, including hearing loss, he suffered some hearing loss, all the hair fell out."

But eventually, they got some good news: Easton had won.

Now, he's back home, and can get back to the things (almost) two year old's like to do. Like getting rough and tough on dad's four wheeler. Easton isn't letting a bumpy ride at the beginning of his life, stop his precious smile. 

And Easton's parents have their second family to thank, the Foley fire station raised thousands of dollars for Easton while he was in the hospital. The Carraway's left St. Jude's with a healthy, happy boy, without paying a dime.

"We've got such a tremendous respect and appreciation for Saint Jude, Foley Fire, and this community, we're so glad to call this home, we're just thankful, we're overrun with joy that we can finally get back to living a normal life," says Carraway.

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