Udall unites to help young cancer patient

Hannah Clark

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UDALL, Kansas — Hannah Clark is just as tough as the disease she struggles to pronounce.

“I’m eight, and I have Rhabdomyosarcoma,” said the Udall girl defiantly.

She’s in stage four of a rare muscular cancer.

“There’s a mass that grows in your body, and you have to have chemo to make it go, ‘Poof!’ All gone,” said Clark.

But over the past year, that chemotherapy has been challenging.

“I was afraid that I wouldn’t make it,” said Clark.  “Mamma helps me through everything. She takes me step by step, and my brother helps me be cheered up. They take me step by step, and that’s how I stay alive.”

“Unfortunately she’s had to grow up a lot,” said her mother, Crystal Shafer. “She’s far more mature for her age than she should be, but she’s strong, she’s my rock.  She’s the only way that I get through this.”

And get through it they have.

Now that Hannah has just finished chemo, she would like to do something to celebrate, like swim with dolphins!

But her mother can’t afford it.

“We tried to apply for Make-A-Wish, and unfortunately that fell through,” said Shafer.

But some friends, family, and even strangers are refusing to let that stop Hannah from enjoying a much-needed break.

Through donations and fundraising, the goal is simple: to pay it forward to the little girl who’s kept hope alive in others.

A car wash is set for Thursday at the Dollar General on East 47th Street South from 1 – 8 p.m.

Friday, a Haysville restaurant, KC’s Too Bar and Grill on South Broadway, will donate part of its profits to Hannah’s fund.

For more information, go to her Facebook page

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