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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

At 6564 Atlas Road in Coeur d’Alene, Kelan McKiernan is home.

“First time grabbing my gear off the shelf in two months,” McKiernan said.

After being gone, he’s back on shift.

“It just felt so good to get some normalcy in the world again,” he said.

His gear may have some dust, but the heart inside McKiernan pumps faster than a call for service.

Everyday for the last two months, Kelan has been with his three-year old son, Maddex, in Memphis.

“You spend every single day at the hospital,” he said.

Maddex is the blood that pumps through Kelan's veins; they do everything together.

Two months ago, Maddex was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.

Kelan says the tumors in Maddex’s eyes spread quickly.

But it was after a check up at their pediatrician they were able to spot it.

“It was just drop everything and get on a plane,” Kelan said.

Without knowing anyone, he was walking in Memphis.

The brotherhood that ties firefighters far and wide together is what helped him feel comfortable in the midst of uncertainty.

“Getting down there and having one contact at the fire station, they said go across to station one they'll take care of you and to get there," Kelan said, “and say 'this is where you'll eat, this is where you'll sleep, you're family, we got it taken care of. Everything was taken care of’."

Pictures of Maddex playing with the fire hose at the Memphis Fire Department bring a smile to Kelan’s face.

The fire station is right across the street from the hospital where Maddex was under-going treatment.

The love Kelan has for Maddex is indescribable.

“The most important thing in my life, I would give up anything for him, I would take his cancer away and give it to myself in a heartbeat if he was going to be healthy and to see him go through it is difficult and to know the only thing I can do,” Kelan said through tears.

Kelan is a cancer survivor himself.

“Is love him with all my heart,” he finished.

Maddex is home with his family and in about a month they’ll go back to Memphis for another round of chemotherapy treatments.

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