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Someone 2 Know: Isaac Young

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Kristen Remington
Channel 2 News

Two endurance athletes in town are used to long, arduous courses. The trek they just endured, however, was the hardest yet. It has been a marathon year for Scott and Kristi Young, as they helped their son battle liver cancer. His name is Isaac, but friends and family call him I-Man. We met him shortly after his diagnosis last year. In this week's Someone 2 Know segment, we are checking up on the inspirational toddler – turned cancer survivor.

We met up with Isaac at a park near his Reno home.  He ran and ran and ran. It is hard to believe one year ago liver cancer stopped the now two-and-a-half year old in his tracks. "You just question why? Why him? Why us? Why any kid?" says his mother, Kristi. On more than one occasion, she wished she could trade places with her little guy; she continues to marvel at his resilience. "There are certain days where out of the blue I lost it because I'm so overwhelmed with how he's doing."

Isaac endured six rounds of chemo, plus a majority of his liver was removed. The treatment killed all the cancer, but it also zapped his muscles. Isaac had to relearn how to walk. He is also just now learning to talk. He's also had to have eight teeth pulled as a result of intense chemotherapy, which ruined the enamel on his baby teeth. What's most important is that he is healthy now! Kristi gets emotional thinking about it. "To see where he went down to and how he's come back is beautiful."

Kristi relied on love from the community and joined an international support network online. She found it therapeutic to keep friends informed on Facebook as well. In doing so, she provided support to other families battling cancer, which also resulted in more love and prayers for Isaac as well. "I believe that a lot of that power of positive thinking and prayers that we got and everything -- it was helping him."

One year later, they're loving life with a new appreciation of what it means to take it one step at a time. "We celebrate every day Isaac is on this planet."

A number of agencies have supported Isaac this past year, like the American Cancer Society, which is putting on the 5th annual Suits N Sneakers Ball at the Peppermill Hotel Casino Saturday, May 12th.

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