4-year-old Silas, with days to live, leads a movement

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4-year-old Silas

LYONS, Ga. -- A 4-year-old from eastern Georgia has a disease that cannot be cured. 

In his final days, this young boy has started a touching movement that has spread worldwide ... and will leave you wanting to go gold for Silas.

His simple wish... have people paint their nails gold in support for childhood cancer awareness.  Paint yours, take a picture and send it to us.

GO GOLD FOR SILAS! See our gallery and upload your picture here.

WATCH | 11Alive goes gold for Silas

Silas Edenfield of Lyons, Ga., has been told he may only live a few more days.

"Hepatoblastoma is a rare liver cancer," his mother Jessica said of Silas' current state. "There's about one in a million children diagnosed with it each year in the United States."

Silas' cancer has spread to his lungs, unmoved by surgeries and chemotherapy.

"[The doctors] said they did not know how to cure him at that point, but that we could try to do things to give him more time," Jessica said.

Late last week, Silas' family welcomed 11Alive's Matt Pearl briefly into their home.

At one point during the interview, Silas leaned into his mother and whispered words that reveal exactly how this child views his condition:

"I don't know what the bad news is," Silas said.

"Well, what's the good news?" asked his mother.

"The good news," Silas responded, "is that I'm going to heaven."

We adore children for their innocence and seek it in their eyes. We shatter inside when that innocence is stolen.

In his final days, Silas came up with one last innocent idea: asking everyone to paint their nails gold for childhood cancer.

The idea took off.

In our brief time in nearby Vidalia, we witnessed a fundraiser at the Sally D. Meadows Elementary School, where kids lined up to get their nails painted gold. The night before, the children's center at Meadows Regional Medical Center held its own fundraiser, the banner from which remained in plain view.

But Silas' cause has gone beyond Vidalia. His "Praying for Silas" Facebook page has eclipsed 30,000 likes.

Soon, Silas Edenfield will go to heaven. He will leave the earth with the crazy, innocent notion that one person can make a change.

The good news here? Silas will be right.

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