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High school fundraises to honor local girl diagnosed with cancer

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TUCSON- The Sahuaro High School girl's volleyball team will host a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in honor of a local nine-year-old girl.

Caroline McComb, 9, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma when she was six years old. The year following her diagnosis, she underwent four surgeries, 17 cycles of chemotherapy and spent 122 nights in the hospital.

"From my personal experience, it was one of the worst things a child could ever go through," she said.

After a year of treatment, doctors said there was no evidence of disease. Caroline's mother, Meghan McComb, said Caroline will only be considered cancer free after five years of maintaining 'no evidence of disease'. Caroline continues to attend doctor check-ups every three months. 

"A lot of people think she has no evidence of disease, it's over," said Meghan McComb. "It's not over, it is not ever over. You know, there is always the risk of it coming back."

McComb said there is not enough funding for childhood cancer research. According to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, 4 percent of U.S. federal funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research. 

"Our kids are more important than 4 percent," said McComb.

Caroline said it makes her very happy to be honored for the Sahuaro High School girl's volleyball team fundraiser.

"If more people could help donate it would be amazing," she said.

Every year, the volleyball team hosts 'Cougar Care Night' where they donate proceeds to a charity. On Monday Oct. 3, the team will be raising money through snack bar and raffle ticket sales. The fundraiser will be held in the school gym from 4 p.m. to around 8 p.m.

If you cannot attend, the team invites you to donate directly to St. Baldrick's. To do so, click here, then search 'Sahuaro High School'.

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