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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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Will with a fund-raiser jar in 2011.
Will with a fund-raiser jar in 2011.Lacey family
For the Laceys, simple school projects like this would often take on a melancholy tone.
For the Laceys, simple school projects like this would often take on a melancholy tone.Lacey family/Lacey Family
Will getting outpatient chemotherapy in 2009 at Dr. Sholler’s clinic at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.
Will getting outpatient chemotherapy in 2009 at Dr. Sholler’s clinic at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.Lacey family/Pat Lacey
Will with sister Evelyn (middle) and baby sister Catherine in 2010.
Will with sister Evelyn (middle) and baby sister Catherine in 2010.Lacey family
Will hugging Pat at the Cure Me I’m Irish fund-raiser in March 2010.
Will hugging Pat at the Cure Me I’m Irish fund-raiser in March 2010.Lacey family/Lacey family
Will testing out the long jump at Braintree High School, his dad’s alma mater, in 2009.
Will testing out the long jump at Braintree High School, his dad’s alma mater, in 2009.Lacey family/Pat Lacey
Will preparing for a nuclear medicine scan, one of the countless procedures he’s undergone through the years.
Will preparing for a nuclear medicine scan, one of the countless procedures he’s undergone through the years.Lacey family/Pat Lacey
Dr. Giselle Sholler working with frozen tissue and cell samples as part of her research on neuroblastoma and DFMO.
Dr. Giselle Sholler working with frozen tissue and cell samples as part of her research on neuroblastoma and DFMO.Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Will’s sixth birthday party in 2010, just before he started first grade.
Will’s sixth birthday party in 2010, just before he started first grade.Lacey family
Will making his weekly round-trip from Braintree to Burlington, Vt., for treatment. His classmates thought he was “on vacation.”
Will making his weekly round-trip from Braintree to Burlington, Vt., for treatment. His classmates thought he was “on vacation.”Lacey family
Will, age 7, tops the Christmas tree in 2011.
Will, age 7, tops the Christmas tree in 2011.Lacey family/Lacey Family

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