A family of eight from Kennewick spent some time at Disneyworld in Florida thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
KENNEWICK, WA - A family of eight from Kennewick spent some time at Disneyworld in Florida thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. William and Cherish Stout have six kids and one of them, Ashlynne, was diagnosed with cancer at just 11-years-old.
"Ashlynne was diagnosed in 2012 with osteosarcoma," said Cherish Stout.
In simple terms: bone cancer. Ashlynne's treatment at the Seattle Children's Hospital included 33 weeks of chemotherapy and some surgeries most pre-teens can't even fathom.
"The osteosarcoma is in her right distal femur and she had to have a full knee replacement so she has a rod that goes up her femur and down her tibia. Well, the rod in her tibia was wearing on the inside of her leg and that's what caused it to break. It just snapped right there," said Cherish.
Ashlynne actually broke her leg twice in the last year as the Stout's tried to schedule her wish. She wanted to go to Disneyworld (specifically, Blizzard Beach) and she wanted her whole family there with her.
"We had a lot of fun. Ashlynne said that it was almost worth going through everything that she did to get to do that," said Cherish.
"It felt like a dream. It was a lot of fun," Ashlynne said.
Ashlynne knows firsthand what the Make-A-Wish Foundation can mean for a sick child and her family.
"It really brings me joy to see that they take the time to put together something like that to help other families," she sad.
Some good news to report: Ashlynne's latest scans show she is cancer free!
Monday, March 10 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-03-10 19:20:37 GMT
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