OGDEN -- Childhood words that start with "C" should only be candy, cookies, cars, cakes and cats.
But 2 1/2-year-old Griffin Shaw has learned the word "cancer" and what it means. When the Ogden toddler was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the muscles.
A softball-sized tumor had attached itself to the little boy's bladder, said his father, Travis Shaw.
Because only 350 children a year are diagnosed with this particular cancer, not much was known about it, Travis said. He and his wife, Laura Shaw, were given two options: They could have the tumor and the bladder removed, or they could have their son undergo 44 weeks of chemotherapy with six weeks of radiation.
"There currently is no option for a bladder transplant," Laura said.
Both options posed risks, Travis said. They chose the chemotherapy and radiation for their youngest son, who carried a positive attitude throughout the entire ordeal.
"He's a happy kid normally, but somehow he managed to always be positive," Travis said about his small son.
Laura said Griffin, who loves anything to do with water, enjoys climbing on everything and likes the outdoors, just celebrated three months of being in remission.
Laura said a CT scan in January showed the tumor had been reduced considerably, and what was left is basically "scar tissue and dead cells."
Griffin will continue to have CT scans every three months for the next two years.
"He is an example of strength and resilience to all those around him," Laura said.
Their other two sons, Ryker, 6, and Jaxson, 4, are learning the world does not always revolve around a hospital.
What the family has learned through this past year is that there is little information or awareness about childhood cancer.
Many times when adults develop cancer it is because of their lifestyle or environment, Travis said. But when a child develops cancer, many times they are born with the cancer cells.
The couple started researching and found CureSearch for Children's Cancer, and they have decided to do what they can to bring about more awareness about childhood cancer.
"We, as a family, have become more committed to research and awareness for childhood cancer," Laura said.
They now head "Team Griffin" and will be part of the Children's Cancer Awareness Boutique from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Fraternal Order of Eagles parking lot at 975 Wall Ave. Thirty-five to 40 vendors will be selling items, with proceeds going toward CureSearch research fund. One booth will have stories about children who are either in remission, in treatment or who have passed away due to cancer, Travis said.