Healthcast: Stem cell research

Stem cell therapy is used to fight or prevent certain diseases and conditions. 

It is not approved in the United States, but it still has plenty of support, including one mom who is willing to do whatever it takes to get treatment for her son. 

Easton Wallace is a typical 3-year-old boy who loves playing outdoors and spending time with family. 

Unlike most other kids, Easton is living with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which affects every aspect of his life. 

“He can’t sit unattended,” said Cassie Wallace, Easton’s mom. “He can’t stand up. He can’t crawl or walk or anything like that. He has trouble with his fine motor skills, eating.”

It is hard for Cassie Wallace to watch her son struggle, but she said Easton’s infections smile and loving personality give her strength. 

“I try to be positive,” she said. “We are just trying to do everything we can for him to give him the best life possible. He has such a positive attitude. He’s so happy and determined. So I think that makes it easier too.”

Cassie Wallace said a big part of giving Easton the best life possible is taking him to Panama to receive stem cell therapy. 

It costs $20,000 per treatment and is not covered insurance. 

His first treatment was last December and Cassie said it is working.