‘He’s as strong as ever:’ Family celebrates Akron boy as he approaches one year without cancer

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AKRON — Strength and bravery during a time of pain. An eight-year-old Akron boy has beaten the odds, crushing cancer.

His parents say to look at Donchae Tyler II, you couldn’t even guess what he’s been through in his young life.

Saturday was a time to celebrate at the Akron Urban League. It has been one year of being cancer free for Donchae.

People wore shirts that said “Super Chae”, which resembled Superman style.

"I'm blessed to see him doing good, his spirits keeps my spirits up,” Donchae Tyler, his father said.

"I'm glad he doesn't really know the extent of his problems."

The family tells Fox 8 Tyler has faced Sickle Cell disease, then stage 4 cancer in December of 2013.

"I got up and found him on the bathroom floor passed out, rushed him to the emergency and they ran a few tests,” his mother, Timera Moore said.

Several surgeries and care at Akron Children’s Hospital followed.

“He was always sick, always sleeping late, and then we found out that multiple surgeries he had to go through,” Moore said.

Tyler has been in remission for one year, and while he has obstacles like hearing and kidney issues to face, there is a sense of a grateful and thankful family.

"He's as strong as ever and I'm so happy that so many people have come out and support us,” Tyler said.

The boy’s dad tells Fox 8 he has one piece of advice for other parents .

"To other parents if you feel like there is something wrong, if your kid is acting different, go and immediately try to get that solved, see what that situation is.”

Tyler said being proactive saved his son’s life.