Girls fight cancer with WSB Care-a-Thon

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ATLANTA — Local patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Cancer Center are sharing their stories and raising money to fight cancer and blood disorders.

They will take to the airwaves on WSB radio for WSB’s annual Care-a-Thon, from 4:30 a.m. July 31 until 6 p.m. Aug. 1. Some of these children are locals from the North Fulton and Forsyth area.

Mary Elizabeth Paris, 11, of Milton, has completed chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and is scheduled to receive a bone marrow transplant from her brother in August.

“We’re very lucky that her sibling was a match,” said Mandy Paris, her mother.

The Paris family said they support Cure Childhood Cancer and Be the Match, a transplant organization.

“Even though we’re lucky, there’s many friends of ours and kids we see that don’t have matches,” Paris said.

Hudson Lillystone, 4, from Alpharetta also has leukemia — acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Now in remission, Hudson is in a study to determine if different radiation treatments can reduce risks of secondary cancer and other side effects.

“Hudson has been very resilient,” said Emily Lillystone, her mother. “She loves swimming, going to the pool and playing with friends. You would never know that she has cancer.”

Lauren Morris, 10, of Cumming, was diagnosed with an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) in her brain in March. She is in week 14 of a year-long chemotherapy and radiation treatment program.

Morris told WSB she is “tougher than cancer.”

“She’s doing very well,” said Karen Furr, Morris’ mother. “In the hospital, they have mini golf and a basketball court. She’s starting to be able to do those things again.”

Paris, Morris and Lillystone will appear on the radio with other Aflac Cancer Center patients inviting listeners to donate toward cancer and blood disorder research. Celebrities are scheduled to appear and there will be matching sponsors and prize packages. Last year, the Care-a-Thon raised over $1.5 million for research and programs.

The annual WSB Care-a-Thon, will be from 4:30 a.m. July 31 until 6 p.m. Aug. 1 on WSB Radio 95.5 and AM750. For more information, visit www.wsbradio.com/s/care-a-thon.

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