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South Ga. baby fights for his life, battling rare cancer

South Ga. baby fights for his life. (Source: WALB) South Ga. baby fights for his life. (Source: WALB)
Evan's mother Brittany Vickers (Source: WALB) Evan's mother Brittany Vickers (Source: WALB)
Evan Vickers must wear a chemo port and feeding tube. (Source: WALB) Evan Vickers must wear a chemo port and feeding tube. (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
LEARY, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia one year old is fighting for his life.

Playing with toy trucks are typical of a 23 month old but battling serious health conditions all before age two is the life of Evan Vickers.

"He woke up everyday smiling, went to bed jumping on the bed every night," Evan's mother Brittany Vickers. 

A surprising recovery given he was diagnosed in September with a rare pediatric cancer.

It's called neuroblastomo. 

Vickers had his first tumor removed but three months later it came back with a vengeance.

"We were shocked really to find out that it was that large," said Vickers. 

The tumor took up 60 percent of his abdomen. Now, he must wear a chemo port and feeding tube.

But before that, he suffered from congenital heart defects

"We learned to take it as it's thrown at us," remarked Vickers. 

Now, she travels every 21 days to Atlanta for his chemo treatments.

Vickers also turned their dining room into a mini hospital. 

"Everything from syringes to daily medication," explained Vickers. 

A non-stop 24 hour job she juggles with her new 12 week old.

"One thing after another bless his heart, he's had the worst time but the best attitude," said Vickers. 

It's Evan's fighting spirit that melts our hearts. 

Brittany Vickers is taking Evan back to Atlanta for a blood transfusion since his blood count has been low since the chemo treatments.

Then two weeks later, they will head back for his fourth round of treatment. The doctors will then decide on whether they can remove the tumor.

You can follow Evan's progress on his Fight Like Evan Facebook page.

You can also donate to any First State Bank or buy a 'Fight Like Evan' wristband or t-shirt to help his parents pay for his doctor's visits. 

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