06/10/2014 10:12 EDT | Updated 08/10/2014 05:59 EDT

Ben Diplock goes from patient to researcher at Sick Kids

Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has a new summer researcher who used to be a patient.

When Ben Diplock was eight years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Between surgery and various follow-ups, Diplock spent a decade in and out of the hospital.

He will soon graduate from McMaster University with a science degree.

Click on the video above to learn more about his story, courtesy of a report from the CBC’s Natalie Kalata.