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T-shirt business helping cancer patients raise funds

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HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Most of you have heard of superheroes that can leap tall buildings in a single bound.

So when a little boy who loves superheroes needed help fighting cancer, family members and friends made heroes the theme of a campaign that is having a big impact.

When Cody Russell's son was diagnosed with cancer, a family member and friends came up with a marvelous idea to help Brooks and other children as well.

It's always busy around Cody and Kari Russell's household.

There's big brother Brooks, who is 4 1/2, Finnley is 2 and Riley is 15 months old.

Six months ago this busy family came face-to-face with a monster whose name is cancer.

In May, Kari Russell noticed Brooks was walking funny.

"It's kind of like he wouldn't extend his legs like he should," said Kari Russell.

After many doctor appointments, the diagnosis was scary. Brooks had a brain tumor lodged in his spinal cord.

The surgery was touch and go, and frightening.

"While he was going through recovery, friends were putting things on Twitter," said Cody Russell.

Brooks loves superheroes, so the Russell's family and church family decided to help show support by making T-shirts that said "The Incredible Brooks" on the front with a scar on the back, just like his own surgical scar.

The online sales of T-shirts raised thousands of dollars to help the Russells with medical bills.

Cody Russell decided to go into business customizing T-shirts to help other families that have children who are battling cancer.

In November, Channel 4 News told you about 4-year-old Adyson Clark, who also has brain cancer. The Russells sold online T-shirts with cupcakes on them to raise money for her family.

"If giving them a shirt helps them to see there is hope, I want to give that to them," said Cody Russell.

Doctors say Brooks is doing "super-well" with chemotherapy.

Today, his parents are his heroes.

The T-shirts are custom-made and cost between $20 and $25. Families receive 100 percent of the money from T-shirt sales.

Cody Russell and his T-shirt company would like to help more families raise money.

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