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12-Year-Old Cancer Survivor in Redding Hopes to Inspire Others

A 12-year-old Redding girl is now cancer-free and hopes to inspire other little girls with her former condition to not give up.

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 5:55 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A child being diagnosed with a debilitating disease… the news that no family expects and for then 2 and a half-year-old Amira and her family it was no different.


“Amira was diagnosed on Mother's Day... the worst day that it can happen and then it was just immediately rushed to the hospital,” said Lexi Hutcherson, the mother of Amira.

“I was diagnosed when I was about to three on Mother's Day and it was very hard,” Amira said.


Now six years cancer free, Amira is 12 now and is able to live a normal life thanks to all of the efforts from all involved in her treatments, but as her mother remembers the process wasn’t easy.


“What they basically give you a folder and you read this is what you're going to go through this is what she's going to take this is with a blood transfusion is,” Lexi said.


One thing you need to know about Amira is how big of a Disney fan she is, but when it came to her treatment when she was four she wondered why no princess was sick like her.


“She one day was watching Cinderella and asked why is there no princesses that are sick like me I was completely baffled I have no idea what to say,” Lexi said.


So she and her mom decided to make the story of “Princess Amira,” and wrote a book about her experiences and slaying the dragon inside her that made her sick.


Amira hopes one day that her book will be seen by Disney and published to show others going through similar experiences that they too can slay the dragon within.


“Tell them her story and her wish to have Walt Disney publish the book but also the movie,” Lexi said.


Amira received a bead called “Beads of Courage” for every treatment, doctor’s visit and procedure she has done and now her entire treatment is symbolized by this necklace.


Now Amira is an advocate for her situation and for others facing struggles, over the years raising money for leukemia treatment, visiting patients and thanking blood donors and now working with Blood Source to be an advocate for more people donating blood.


“You can never have enough blood and a lot of people out there still need it and are still waiting for some,” Amira said.


And Amira has this message to anyone who is going through something like her.


“I would like to say that for other people that they just need to be strong and that they can get through and believe they can do it,” Amira said.

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