9/17/02 - Childhood Cancer

Cancer in kids is something no parent ever wants to see their child go through. In November of 2000, we introduced you to one Heartland family who was living through it, searching for a bone marrow transplant for their 12 year old girl who had leukemia.

Almost two years later, Holly Moore is 14 years old and has grown up a lot. She's getting back to her old self again, and living the life like other girls her age. She's out of the hospital, back in school, and healthy.
"Some people just think it's in grown-ups," Holly says. "They don't know it can be in babies and in children." A classroom isn't the favorite place for all 14-year-olds to be, but for Holly it sure beats the hospital. "I knew it was cancer but I didn't know exactly what it was," Holly says.
In September of 2000, Holly found out it was Leukemia, causing her weakness and fevers. Her mother, Anita, says "Then the chemo started and the sickness from the chemo. I think under childhood cancer that's worse, they go through a lot worse treatment than adults do." "Some of them gave me really bad headaches and stuff," Holly says. Holly lost all her hair and a lot of strength during the seven and a half month process of chemo treatments. Her parents faced their greatest fear. "I guess the fear of death, of losing her," Anita says.
Holly's been in remission for 17 months, and wants to see other kids with cancer be a success story too. Everyday Holly walks through the halls here at Kelly Middle School wearing a gold ribbons that symbolizes support for kids with cancer. She wears her gold ribbon necklace and earrings with pride, and she's not alone. "I wear my gold ribbon necklace just about everyday," Anita says. "If I have other jewelry I wear it under other things, and if someone asks me I'll tell them it's to raise awareness about childhood cancer."
Holly still has days she feels a little weak, but she's getting a little stronger everyday. "The first six months is the greatest for relapse," Anita says. "If you make it a year, you've probably made it, then just make it to the two year mark which for us will be April 11th of 2003."

Even though Holly missed a lot of school while she was in the hospital, she caught up on her class work during the summer, and got to move ahead with all her friends. Supporters of childhood cancer will gather in Washington D.C. later this month to raise awareness about kids with cancer. Holly's parents hope to make the trip next year.
You can find out more on the Childhood Cancer Awareness organization by clicking here: