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(WMC-TV) - A little boy's battle with a brain tumor inspired his two older sisters to execute an aggressive plan to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The money they raised is now being used for research and treating kids, like their brother, who are battling life-threatening diseases.

In April 2012, Ingram started getting intense headaches.

"And he would just look at you with that look of 'Help me please'. But there was nothing that we could do to help," said Ingram's mother, Ashley Dismuke.

Quickly, it was discovered Ingram had a cancerous tumor on his brain stem. He needed surgery.

After the operation, Ingram became a patient at St. Jude.

"He went through more surgeries over here to get a port placed to do chemo. He had blood transfusions, IVs, 34 rounds of radiation, four rounds of chemo," explained Ashley. "And still, we still, I don't know, I get scared. I don't know. What if something happens? But the doctors here at St. Jude are amazing, and they've come up with all these treatment plans that battle his type of cancer."

Those treatment plans are working miracles for Ingram, who is also known as "Ingram the Conqueror".

"He's doing great now. He had his first post-treatment scan on October 31, and it was clear," added Ashley.

The post-treatment scans happen every three months, but Ingram's mother says her son's treatment and monitoring is a lifelong commitment.

"This is forever. This is our new life," she said. "His type of cancer is an aggressive one, and it comes back frequently, and with the recurrence, it's more aggressive that it was in it's original state and so we will be here until it's over. I wish I could say we would be here until St. Jude's doors are closed and that would mean a cure for childhood cancer."

Finding cures for childhood cancer is the goal at St. Jude. It is something the Dismuke family is grateful for.

"It's not just a hospital. It's not a hospital with a emergency room. It's a research facility with a hospital where they spend their days and nights looking for cures for childhood cancer, looking for cures for every catastrophic disease there is out there that affects children," said Ashley.

They are conducting research that is shared with doctors around the world.

"You get to focus on what's important rather than paying the bills," Ashley said of the parents who bring their children to St. Jude.

The only way the hospital can provide the free care the way they do is through donations. Madison and Lindsey Dismuke took it upon themselves to raise $250,000 for the hospital that is working to cure their little brother.

You can help too by purchasing a ticket for this year's St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Tickets are $100 and all of the proceeds from the fundraiser go to finding cures and treating patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Call 1-800-224-6681, visit the St. Jude website, or pick up a ticket at any Regions Bank, Ashley Furniture Homestore, or Stash.

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