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Published September 26, 2012, 06:28 PM

Fergus Falls boy with cancer greeted by friends at new home site

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A 4-year-old boy from Fergus Falls is quickly finding out what "community" is all about. Isaiah Lawson has been battling an aggressive stage 4 neuro-blastoma cancer this past year.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A 4-year-old boy from Fergus Falls is quickly finding out what "community" is all about. Isaiah Lawson has been battling an aggressive stage 4 neuro-blastoma cancer this past year.

The home his family lives in is an older home with potential mold issues.

No problem. Build a new one and give it to Isaiah and his family.

Just a little bit over an hour after radiation treatment at Roger Maris Cancer Center today, Isaiah Lawson had to hustle back home to Fergus Falls. Despite tubes and ports beneath his pajama top, he could not miss a party his pre-school friends were throwing for him, at the site of his new home.

They clumsily dashed to greet him. It had been months since they had seen him.

Isaiah Lawson's own fan club, pre-school buddies, here to help him turn a dirt pile into a house.

And this is how you build a home, with words for a boy named Isaiah.

With the contractors gone for the afternoon, pre-school kids took over a freshly poured slab of concrete, writing honest, heartfelt messages to a 4-year-old boy who has, during these last 9 months, taught a caring community about determination, strength and a forever smile.

Christine Lawson, Isaiah’s Mom: “How he bounces back, defying the odds.”

Isaiah and his family are watching an amazing group of volunteers step up and offer to build them a new home. The old house has mold, bacteria and air exchange issues.

Christine: “And mildew and that is his worst enemy.”

And so Fergus Falls contractors, plumbers, electricians, and landscapers furniture and more are all offering to put up a home for the Lawsons. The slab is in. The work and volunteers will soon get the walls up and roof on.

Daniel Lawson, Isaiah’s Dad: “I am not from the Midwest. I am from New York so being here and seeing so many reaching out to us, I can’t believe so many people are getting behind us to help with our son. They say it takes a community to raise a child and Fergus Falls is showing that.”

This journey has not been easy. A stage 4 cancer in a child seems so cruel and heartless but chemo, surgeries, a stem cell transplant and now radiation, have Isaiah knocking this cancer to the ground.

And so today, to celebrate, sweet sugar cookies. Why not.

A picture. This is what a framed face of faith looks like.

And then to symbolize Isaiah's courageous cancer fight. He led the launch of balloons. And promises of more sunny skies and days in the dirt.

The good news. The home building is underway, and the family could be in their new house in time for Christmas.

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