The survivor's walk is underway. More than 400 cancer survivors are on the track enjoying this emotional salute. One of the survivors leading the way is just six-years-old.
Jack of beanstalk fame has nothing on Margaret Fowler. The kindergartener at Gilchrist Elementary has faced a giant of her own, cancer. Burkett's lymphoma to be exact, discovered when her tonsils began to swell.
Delia Fowler, her mother, says, "It was in her tonsils, her neck lymph nodes, she had tumors in both kidneys. It was in her spine and in her leg."
Todd Fowler, her father, adds, "You're in disbelief. You don't understand how it happened or why. You just can't believe it's really happening."
Margaret's cancer was stage four, the worst possible diagnosis. She spent nearly six months in Atlanta Hospital and underwent seven rounds of intense chemotherapy.
"I had a pole attached to me and I took a lot of medicine," she says.
Margaret was given an all clear from doctors one year ago this week, and now this bashful blonde is leading off the Relay for Life survivor's walk as the honorary youth chair.
"It's very special to see her be alive to walk the lap and it just warms our hearts."
Margaret's one-year evaluation earlier this week did not go as well the family hoped, but ask anyone, Margaret is a survivor and our best wishes to her and to all the families here for continued good health.
Come on down and join us at the relay. Walk a lap for someone you know, and if you can't make it, but would like to donate there is a hotline this year. It's called the Relay for Lifeline 1-800-322-9378.
Volunteers will be taking donations by phone until 9 p.m. Friday night.
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