Kid throws pie in doctor's face as reward for cancer recovery


by Renee Murphy

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 5:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A little boy overcame a big obstacle in order to throw a pie in his doctor’s face Tuesday morning.  But his doctor at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center says when a story ends like this, he’ll take a pie in the face any day.

“Back in May he started throwing up," said Joseph O’Bryan’s mother Renee O’Bryan.  "We didn't think too much of it. We thought it was some allergies or something.”

But his family soon learned that the six-year-old had a brain tumor.

“It was a huge shock to us. It was devastating news but at the same time we wanted to know what it was so we could start treating it.”

For the past six weeks, Joseph has been going through radiation, which requires him to lay in a small confined area for treatment that lasts 20 to 30 minutes.

“Quite an accomplishment for anyone, let alone a six-year-old,” said Dr. Craig Silverman.

Doctors say this pint-size champ is well on his way to recovery.

So in exchange for beating cancer, he got to throw a pie in his doctor’s face.  it's sort of a way of saying thanks, and take this.

“As a reward I try to give them back a little bit of the power and it gives them an extra incentive to know they get to do something to me,” said Dr. Silverman.

Joseph O’Bryan said throwing a pie in his doctor’s face was more fun than he thought it would be.

A big finish for for a little boy with plenty to live for.