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Boy beats battle with leukemia: 'I survived cancer for three years'

Boy beats battle with leukemia: 'I survived cancer for three years'

EUGENE, Ore. -- A longstanding struggle with leukemia is finally over for 11-year-old Candon Biggs.

“I haven’t been a normal kid for like three or four years," said Biggs at his survivor party on Saturday, "and now I can actually do the stuff I’ve been wanting to for a long time.”

In October of 2009, doctors diagnosed Candon with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since that time he has fought his way through countless treatments.

Now doctors say the battle is over, and Candon has been declared cancer free.

“February 4th was my last day," said Biggs.

On Saturday, Biggs' friends, family members … even Puddles the Duck and the UO cheerleaders threw a party to celebrate his last chemotherapy treatment at Friendly Street Church of God in Eugene.

Three years ago Candon was on his way to Jedi Camp in Disneyworld for a trip provided by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Even when he lost his hair, it was never a thought that we would lose him because he's that strong,” Candon's aunt Brittney Borden told KVAL News.

Borden said Saturday's party is all about celebrating survival.

“You cannot lose hope for one minute … because if you do, it puts them down,” Borden said. “You have to surround yourself and put yourself in a position and around people that are always going to be positive."

“I survived cancer for three years, and now I’m finally done with it," said Biggs.

 

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