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A Mother's Love Is Her Son's Best Medicine

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KHQ.COM - "In this situation, being mom means making sure [Erik] gets his meds, providing what he needs...pretty much what a mom would do," explained Cheryl Binks of her mothering responsibilities to 16-month-old son, Erik.

But for Cheryl, providing what her son needs is sometimes more trying, because Erik is currently being treated for neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.

"They said, your son has a mass, they said it could be pneumonia, but it's more likely a tumor," she explained when she heard the doctors' diagnosis. "And I said, 'how does a kid this age get a tumor in his chest?'"

Erik is undergoing treatment at Sacred Heart, hours away from his home in the small farm town of Lacrosse, Washington.

He is making steady progress, but still has a long road to recovery that possibly includes 3 more rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and stem cell treatment in Seattle.

But even while living away from her own home, and living in Ronald McDonald's 'home away from home,' Cheryl remains strong and composed - the sure signs of a stellar mother.

"The doctor gave me one of the best pieces of advice," she explained. "Be positive, and be calm,

Proving Cheryl's unwavering maternal support is truly the best medicine for her son.

"I just want to take care of him," she said. "I don't have any medical background...I know how to be a parent, so I try to be a parent."

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