WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) A West Monroe child in remission from cancer got quite the homecoming Friday night.
Eight-month-old Justin White and his family touched down in West Monroe after a five-hour drive from Memphis. It had been about six months since they last stepped foot on Louisiana soil.
"We're just glad to be home," said Justin White, baby Justin's father.
Baby Justin cracked a smile, showing how happy he was too. He's been at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the past six months, getting chemo treatments for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML. It's a cancer that develops in the soft inner part of the bone where bone marrow is located and where red blood cells are made. In some cases, it can spread to the blood.
"It was hard, but it puts a lot of stuff in perspective," said baby Justin's father.
Justin was two months old when he was diagnosed back in June.
"We first discovered an issue on Father's Day and then we got the AML, leukemia diagnosis on our wedding anniversary, so a lot in that one week," said the father.
Since then, he's been through five rounds of chemotherapy, and was in the ICU for other illnesses.
Baby Justin's father says, "On top of the cancer, he had sepsis, meningitis, because he had no immune system."
During Justin's fight, his parents set up a Facebook page "Baby Justin's Journey," so their family and others could follow his battle.
"We had over 12,000 people like Baby Justin's Journey," said Russell White, Justin's uncle.
The family used Friday's celebration to say thank you to the community who they say helped him pull through.
"We'd like to thank the community, thank God, thank the church, thank everyone for the prayers and support," said Justin's uncle.
"He's tough, he's showed us he's a little fighter," said Justin's dad.
And let the little boy know he's loved.
Justin's sister Julia says "I love my brother very much."
Justin goes back to Memphis in four months for a bone marrow biopsy. He will also have quarterly checkups.
Justin's sister, Julia even got her wish that her brother would be home in time for Christmas.