Chicago Tribune

7-year-old 'superhero' battling brain cancer has not lost his gift for brightening a room

TINLEY PARK, Ill. - Near tears, Noelle O'Connell recalled the terrifying walk she and her husband Tim made through hospital hallways to see their first-grader son in recovery following brain surgery.

It was Sept. 11, 2017 and O'Connell said she could hear other kids in the post-surgery unit whimpering.

"We weren't sure what we were going to see," the Tinley Park, woman said, "but my heart was bleeding."

They walked into the bay where their youngest child lay in time to overhear him telling the nurses about "the savages" he lives with.

"He was still our Timmy," O'Connell said, laughing. "It was such a relief."

Timmy is now in the throes of a treatment program that has

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune3 min readSociety
Family Of Missing Teen Feels 'Extreme Relief' She Is Alive And An Arrest Has Been Made: 'It Was A Nightmare … Pure Torture'
CHICAGO - Authorities and a relative of a 16-year-old girl for whom an Amber Alert was issued by Indiana State Police said she was found safe in Arkansas about 24 hours after she was last seen in Crown Point, and an arrest has been made in connection
Chicago Tribune4 min read
Military Veterans Aren't Traditional Students, But Colleges Aim To Ease The Transition: 'It Is A Culture Shock When You Get Out'
CHICAGO - When DePaul University student Mike Baumann talks with his classmates, hearing what stresses them out, he thinks to himself, "Wait until you're older." Because of his age, Baumann, 32, feels out of place around other students in his undergr
Chicago Tribune5 min read
Escape Venice's Tourist Crush With A Trip To Vicenza, Home Of Great Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio
VICENZA, Italy - If you want to break away from the crowds that make Venice a poster child for the term "overtourism" and you love architecture, there is one place you must go: nearby Vicenza, a showcase for the work of the renowned Renaissance archi