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When Will Lacey was 6 months old, he was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer called neuroblastoma. These photos, taken by the Laceys and Boston Globe photographers, document Will’s long fight against the disease, the people who played a significant role in that battle, as well as the scenes of everyday life as the Laceys chased their indefensible hope that Will could be cured.

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At a fund-raiser for the Brockton VNA — a group that went to the Laceys’ house to draw labs, give shots, and administer chemo. Dina was eight months pregnant, and Will had just started preschool.
At a fund-raiser for the Brockton VNA — a group that went to the Laceys’ house to draw labs, give shots, and administer chemo. Dina was eight months pregnant, and Will had just started preschool.Lacey family/Lacey Family
Hilaire’s Salon in Braintree hosted a “Cut-a-thon” in 2007 and raised nearly $20,000 for NB research and trials.
Hilaire’s Salon in Braintree hosted a “Cut-a-thon” in 2007 and raised nearly $20,000 for NB research and trials.Lacey family
Will holding a toy for the family dog, Molly.
Will holding a toy for the family dog, Molly.Lacey family/Lacey Family
Will turned 4 in 2008 and enjoyed the day — like all others — with joy and energy.
Will turned 4 in 2008 and enjoyed the day — like all others — with joy and energy.Lacey family
Will and his beloved dog Molly, now deceased.
Will and his beloved dog Molly, now deceased.Lacey family
Will being “Will” — because a plastic pool on a brick patio is a safe landing spot.
Will being “Will” — because a plastic pool on a brick patio is a safe landing spot.Lacey family/Lacey Family
Out in the Lacey family backyard.
Out in the Lacey family backyard.Lacey family
Dr. Giselle Sholler, who took over Will’s care after he was labeled incurable.
Dr. Giselle Sholler, who took over Will’s care after he was labeled incurable.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Andre Bachmann, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Human Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University, was instrumental in bringing an out-of-patent drug, DFMO, to clinical trial to combat the deadly pediatric cancer neuroblastoma.
Andre Bachmann, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Human Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University, was instrumental in bringing an out-of-patent drug, DFMO, to clinical trial to combat the deadly pediatric cancer neuroblastoma.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
DFMO pills.
DFMO pills.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
The third year of Will topping the Lacey Christmas tree.
The third year of Will topping the Lacey Christmas tree.Lacey family

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