Brain Tumor Victim Gets Wish

By: Elizabeth Prann Email
By: Elizabeth Prann Email

It's not every day you get to watch a little girl's dream come true.

Shawn Howard, the mother of Amber, a 14-year old girl brain tumor victim, says her daughter has stood up for nights, waiting for this day. She says the two would sit up on the couch, talk about what she wants to do and where she wants to go.

Back in April, Amber was diagnosed with Ganglioglioma, a pediatric brain stem tumor. In May, she had surgery on her tumor and nine months later, it grew back to its original size, if not bigger. Now Amber undergoes chemotherapy once a week which leaves her queasy and exhausted. On top of that, the family lost their spacious three bedroom home in October and now the four are living in a two-bedroom apartment.

"They've gone from a two income family down to one, because the mother has to take care of the little girl. It's a strain on the whole family, it takes off a big load. Especially at Christmas time and all the donations. And they're still going to be giving even after the wish," said Tammy Shurrum, a Make-A-Wish Representative.

Amber is rewarded with a $2,200 dollar shopping spree, she and her family are escorted to retailers around the community all day.

"Oh, I'm so happy that she get's to make a wish, she gets to come out here and get whatever she wants without even looking at the price tag," said Shawn.

And store managers across the board were eager to give, If you'd like to help the Howard's there is a fund set up at Hancock Bank, formerly, People First Bank. It's under the benefit of Amber Howard.


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