Community Helps First-Grader Fighting Cancer

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Parents of first-grader Hannah Clark were left speechless when friends and complete strangers came out to support their daughter.

"Just to know that so many people love us and love her, it's amazing," said Crystal Clark, mother.

Seven-year-old Hannah learned about her battle on Dec. 17th when she was diagnosed with stage four rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant and aggressive form of cancer.

"It's hard holding back our tears on everything right now. It means a lot to our family, all the support that we've been getting," said Tony Clark.

Since her diagnosis, little Hannah has gone through two rounds of chemo and has lost her hair. A barbie doll with a shaved head was given to her at the benefit to remind her how beautiful she will always be to those she is touching.

"Most of these people have never met her before. She's touching a lot of lives," said Sarah Rebold, benefit fund organizer.

Friends helped organize a benefit fund to help the family pay for the stacks of medical bills. Nearly 400 people and about $6,000 was raised to help the family.

"Knowing that they have all these bills to pay and not knowing how they're going to provide for their child in such a dark time, is very overwhelming," said Rebold.

The family is thankful to share every moment with Hannah and are grateful for the community support.

"It means a lot to us. It means the world. There's so many kind people," said Hannah's parents.

Everyone is now hoping for a miracle, while keeping hannah in their hearts.

If you'd like to help Hannah, you can make a donation for the "Hope for Hannah Fund" at any Bank of America location in Wichita.

There is also a Facebook page to follow her journey, here.


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