UPDATE: Local man fundraises and brings ill Missouri boy to California

"You can't live a life without seeing the ocean. That's all there is to it."

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - Before you take a look and read this story, just know it has been a miracle! After the KESQ and CBS Local 2 coverage of Liam's story, the community came forward incredibly: The Omni Resort in San Diego offered to donate rooms for Liam's family to stay in San Diego. The Padres are going to treat Liam like a royal VIP at a baseball game when he is in town. Donations keep pouring in. The propsed trip is slated for the weekend of August 23rd. Stay with KESQ and CBS Local 2 for the latest on this story.


"You can't live a life without seeing the ocean. That's all there is to it," Rick Pantele said. 

That's all five-year-old Liam Myrick wants to see - but time isn't on his side.  

"He has high risk, stage four, neuroblastoma," his mom, Shawna, said. 

Rick Pantele is on his side.

"Money cannot buy the cure to Liam's problems, but it can help for comfort and that is important now. Not having to stress abut bills, to be able to travel," he said. 

Rick - a three time cancer survivor himself -  lives in Palm Springs, and dedicated much of his life to supporting others with cancer.   

"That's how I found Liam. When you're on Facebook you come across others. I supported a little boy and little girl. Liam was the little boy. All you had to do was look at his picture," he said. 

 He created a 'Go Fund Me' account  to raise $10,000 to give Liam and his family a California trip of a lifetime. They didn't ask for it - Rick just knew he wanted to make this little kid's wish come true. 

"Since the day he could think he's said he wanted to go to the ocean. The east coast isn't as pretty as west in my opinion. He has to come to California," Rick said. "If you can't help with money, you can share the page."

Other plans include a baseball game, a trip to the U.S. Naval Station, Legoland, Disneyland - even a trip to Palm Springs. 

"For him to be able to share that with them and for us parents to watch that. No one can take that away from us. It would be a good memory for the girls. We have spent three years in a hospital. It would be a good thing for them to do as a family," Shawna said. 

"Liam was put on this Earth for a reason. To teach us a lesson. Life is precious. Don't be selfish," Rick said. 

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