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Young Leukemia Patient Earns Honors


Families, friends and co-workers teamed up in downtown Dothan Thursday night to walk for a cure. At the Light Up the Night Walk, there was a very special guest. She is just four years old, but she has already shown bravery beyond her years. At the walk, she had a tribute fit for a princess.

Hannah Eubank's hair is coming back, and on Thursday night, it was topped with a crown.

"She's the bravest little girl we know. She's so tough," says her mother, Merrie Beth.

Doctors diagnosed Hannah with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2012.

"You just never expect it to happen to you, it's just very shocking and very scary," remembers Merrie Beth.

On top of Hannah's daily chemotherapy, the family makes trips to Atlanta every month, where she undergoes treatment no child should have to endure.

"It's very hard," says Eubanks, "Especially for a child this age who doesn't understand things."

Between platelet transfusions and bone marrow biopsies it can be a lot to take in, but at the "Light Up the Night" walk in Poplar Head Park, it was a celebration of Hannah's strength.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society named her the Honorary Hero of the night.

"It blows us away- the support that we've gotten from friends, families, strangers and people that come out and support this cause," says Eric Eubanks, Hannah's dad.

As teams lined up for the awareness walk through the downtown Hannah led the way in a horse-drawn carriage..

To date, the Leukemia and Lymphoma society has raised more than $857 million in research for advance therapies.
Although the road ahead is long, the Eubanks believe Hannah's courage will carry her to a cure.

The family's trips to Atlanta won't end soon, but they are counting down the monthly chemotherapy appointments Hannah has left. She has 12 more to go. .


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