A 9-year-old Virginia boy who survived cancer and has raised thousands for cancer research was honored Thursday night with the Military Child of the Year award.
Christian Fagala, of Quantico, Virginia, was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer and treated at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
By age four he was speaking to large audiences to raise money for childhood cancer programs. So far, he's raised $20,000 toward cancer research.
Christian, whose father is a Marine, is one of six children recognized as a Military Child of the Year by Operation Homefront, an organization that supports military families.
Each child receives $10,000 and a laptop. But the true meaning of the award is to recognize military children who often relocate and take on extra responsibilities for their families.