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Little boy gives back after battling cancer

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A little boy from Tomahawk is giving back after battling cancer. With the help of his family the young cancer survivor is making sure those still battling the disease knows there's life after treatment.

Tucker Van Ryen is a typical 11-year-old boy. He plays with his little brother, picks blackberries, and even rides snowmobiles. But Tucker's life hasn't always been typical.

"It started as a routine doctors appointment," said Tucker's Dad Terry Van Ryen.

At age two, Tucker was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia.

"It's a heart shock," explained Van Ryen. "We didn't know what to think."

For months, hospitals, feeding tubes, and medical procedures were all the family knew.

"It became routine," said Van Ryen.

But it was the nights spent at the Ronald McDonald house in Madison that really helped. It's an organization that provides support and comfort to children with cancer and their families.

"There were a lot of kids there going through the same thing. We got to share a lot of stories," said Van Ryen.

Now, Tucker is in remission. The Van Ryen's want to give back to the organization that gave them so much. So they've packed this snowmobile trailer full of supplies and are headed down to Madison to drop them off, and spend another night.

"We want the kids down there to see where you can be in life after you get done with treatment."

Tucker is a perfect example. He's about to celebrate his 12th birthday. It's something his family says is a milestone they don't take for granted.

"Just because it started so young in life doesn't mean you don't have a chance. Just have to do what the doctors tell you, a lot prayer, people that stand behind you and you can make it," said Van Ryen.

Now, they're sharing that message with those who need it most.

The Van Ryen's headed down to Madison on Friday afternoon. They will have a cookout at the Ronald McDonald House with all the families there on Saturday.

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