On Monday night, Ottawa's Funhaven Family Fun Centre threw a party for 6-year-old Isaac Ciarlo and more than 100 of his family and friends to celebrate the end of the young boy's cancer treatments.
"So many oncology families express sadness at the lack of support they feel. They say they feel isolated and alone and unable to share what they're going through," Issac's mother, Trisha, said at the event. "We've never felt that. We've never felt more loved, supported and willing to be heard."
Isaac had a Wilm's tumour, a rare form of kidney cancer that had spread to his lungs. Isaac had a kidney removed and underwent "countless needles and rounds of chemotherapy," the Ottawa Sun reported.
Isaac calls his scar his "shark bite."
This spring, Isaac rode his bike in the CN Cycle for CHEO, which raised money for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The official website described the youngster's battle with cancer:
"For six year old Isaac, mom and dad explained that he had troublemakers inside him that were disobeying the rules and trying to make him sick. They told him he would need to stay in hospital and use medicine to fight. Isaac proved he was up for the challenge and has really been brave throughout his treatments."
This fall, Isaac's Grade 2 classmates at St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School made him their guest of honour during Chalk Day, an event that involved students writing encouraging messages in sidewalk chalk to children undergoing cancer treatments.
The support from Isaac's school went "above and beyond what we've ever expected," Trisha told Kanata EMC. "They're doing it for us. They're doing it for Isaac.
Since completing his treatment, Isaac's prognosis is an encouraging one. His parents are now focused on reestablishing a normal routine for Isaac and his bothers, Matthew and Jacob.
At Monday's party, Isaac was presented with a huge trophy inscribed with the following:
"It came, we fought, Isaac won."