Local families rally for 8-year-old ball player in cancer battle

Liam Mickley determined to beat tumor he’s named ‘Thanos’

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Families across Northeast Florida are coming together to lift up an 8-year-old St. Johns County baseball player and his family.

Liam Mickley is undergoing treatment for medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

“I don’t know how to put it into words. It’s so overwhelming. I never knew how much love you could have for someone you never met before,” said Renee Mickley, Liam’s mother. “It’s so hard. I am no longer employed. My job is to take care of Liam. He has appointments every day. To see how many kids have cancer -- it’s mind-blowing. I never knew.”

Liam Mickley has undergone two brain surgeries, three procedures requiring sedation and 30 rounds of radiation. (Photo provided)

To date, Liam has undergone two brain surgeries, three procedures requiring sedation and 30 rounds of radiation.

“Liam named his tumor Thanos, a villain in superhero world, and the doctor who did his surgery, Liam has named Iron Man, and he is the one who defeated Thanos,” explained Renee.

In January, Liam was able to ring the bell at UF Health’s Proton Therapy Center after he finished his final radiation treatment.

In January, Liam Mickley was able to ring the bell at UF Health’s Proton Therapy Center after he finished his final radiation treatment. (Photo provided)

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