It takes courage to fight cancer.
Like most adults I’ve had family and friends battle cancer of varying severity in different parts of the body.
There are countless stories of cancer survivors available for inspiration online and elsewhere. The sheer number doesn’t trivialize how personal fighting the disease is.
A Southern California girl is finding that out at a time in her life when her biggest concern should be what beach she is going to hang out at with her friends over the summer.
Hannah Powell-Auslam has breast cancer. At 10 years old it’s a virtually unprecedented scenario for a girl so young to develop the disease.
Hannah could have developed the cancer because of linkage to the BRCA gene or because cancer may have attacked rapidly developing breast cells due to environmental factors, breast surgeon Cynara Coomer told Fox News.
Regardless of the medical reason Hannah has shown a spectacular attitude and perseverance.
Since the cancer was diagnosed in April she has had a mastectomy on her left breast. Her parents have a launched a blog chronicling her battle and thanking the local Fullerton, Calif., community – plus cancer survivors around the world — for financial and emotional support.
Hannah also showed a maturity of faith well beyond her years in telling a Los Angeles TV station: “God picked me because He knows that I’m strong, He knows I’ll get through it.”
A fundraiser for Hannah is being held this Saturday, May 23rd, from noon to 11 p.m. at In The Skin Tattoos, 1538 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 92833. Temporary pink ribbon tattoos will be available, although the permanent kind – which Hannah’s grandfather is already sporting – is an option.
Mapquest tells me I live 2,100 miles away from the tattoo parlor, so I won’t be able to make it.
If you’re a bit closer, consider stopping by.
If tattoos aren’t your thing still include Hannah in your prayers and admire the courage and spirit she displays.