SAN DIEGO - A 5-year-old boy with terminal cancer is experiencing the ocean for the first time thanks to the kindness of strangers. His family is from a small town in Missouri and they are spending the next several days in Mission Beach.
Liam Myrick has been battling neuroblastoma since he was 3-years-old.
"He's had 14 rounds of chemo, intravenously, he's had nine major surgeries, two bone marrow transplants," said his mother Shawna Myrick.
She told 10News he might not make it to his next birthday next month.
"He knows what's coming and he's OK with it," said Myrick. "So, we're trying to be OK with it, but I don't know how you get to being OK with saying goodbye to your 5-year-old."
When Liam first started going through chemotherapy at St. Louis Children's Hospital, he painted drawings to help sell to help pay his mounting medical bills.
His mother posted the pictures on Facebook. That got the attention of a cancer survivor in Palm Springs. He asked what the child wanted to do with the time he has left.
"He said what does he want to do and I said, 'He's never seen the ocean' and so he said, 'OK, let's get it going' and then it just kind of snowballed after that," said Myrick.
A Gofundme account was set up that helped raise money for the trip to San Diego.
Sadly, the family is also paying medical bills for Liam's 8-year-old sister. She battled brain cancer as a toddler but is in remission now.
Monday evening, the family was focused on letting Liam be a kid and making memories while splashing in the waves at Mission Beach.
"It's great … him being free and being a monkey like he is right now," said Liam's father, Greg Myrick.