“It's Time to Dance”: 6-Year-Old Copes With Chemo With Dance Parties

A 6-year-old boy with brain cancer is inspiring others with his unique way of coping with chemotherapy: dance parties.

Braylon Beam rallies his father, fellow patients and even the staff at his Charlotte, North Carolina, hospital at to groove, pop-lock and even twerk after undergoing his grueling treatments every Friday.

"Just do whatever Braylon does — that's what we usually do," Braylon's father Jesse, who wants to show the challenges young kids with cancer face, told NBC affiliate WCNC.

Last Friday, Braylon underwent an MRI at St. Jude Affiliate Clinic Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital that would reveal if his cancer was spreading. Even though his treatment exhausted him — he slept three hours after one procedure — there was only one thing he wanted to do when he woke up.

"When he woke up, he said, 'We need to dance. It's time to dance.' He said, 'It's time to dance, because it's Friday,'" Jesse said.

While Braylon continues to battle his brain cancer, his father told WCNC that the latest MRI showed the cancer's spread had stopped.

"Came back, and said his spine was clean, and there's no progression in his optic nerve. Just fantastic news," said his father. "I feel like the weight is off my shoulders — just amazing."

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