7-year-old St. Jude cancer survivor Ian Miller inspires song

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --  Imagine finding out your baby has a cancerous tumor on their brain and may not live long enough to experience any of life's joys.

That was a reality for one St. Jude family which is now celebrating a cancer free brain scan.

Everything is a race for 7-year-old Ian Miller from games, to learning how to juggle, even survival.

Ian's race has been a rougher journey than most.

Just after his first birthday he was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer.

“You're in shock. You're in disbelief. Did you do something wrong? Could we have done something do prevent this and what can we do to get him better?” said 'Ian’s mother Anna.

Anna and Jason Miller immediately came to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for an experimental proton beam radiation for their son.

“We got here and they said we're going to do everything we can to save your child but he has very serious form of brain cancer. And we never thought we would make it to seven,” said Miller.

The young fighter from Franklin, Tennessee did survive.

After three major brain surgeries along with chemo and radiation he's now in the first grade.

His journey is not only inspiring his family but also singer/song writer Jenn Schott.

“This is about winning and one step in front of the other and the twists and the turns that it takes,” said Schott.

Schott has written for some of country music's biggest stars like Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.

She was so inspired by Ian's fight she wrote a song called 'Winning.'

“Long and your moving, you're flying, you're a hero with every step. Life`s a race, set your own pace. As long as you're running your winning,” Schott sings in the song.

Schott says Ian represents the countless other children who fight and will be saved because of the experimental radiation used on Ian.

His treatment is one of the success stories that led to this new proton beam radiation center at St. Jude.

“That huge building is that symbol of this is working. This is doing great. Look at how well Ian has done,” said Miller.

Ian’s dad Jason is running in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville next month in his honor.

Ian’s song "Winning" will be performed year's race which is set to raise millions of dollars for the hospital.

To learn more about St. Jude or how to become a St. Jude hero visit their website at www.stjudeheroes.org.

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