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Ringgold teen fighting brave battle with cancer

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RINGGOLD GA., (WRCB) -- Hailey Stone's charisma, faith and love for her family is empowering. It's easy to forget she's gone through 13 brain surgeries in the last two years, nine of them in the last nine months.

"The only way I can get through this is God, that's the only way," says Hailey.  

In July, 2010 an MRI scan found a tumor in Hailey's brain, it was cancer. "We found there was about a 4 centimeter mass," says April Mullens, Hailey's mom.

She was immediately rushed into surgery, April could only wait.

"It's hard to see your child running and swimming in a pool two weeks before surgery and then when she comes back she's lost her vision and lost mobility on her left side, has a lot of paralysis," explains April.  

That was two years ago. Since then, Hailey has gone through dozens of chemo and radiation treatments but two weeks ago doctors delivered more bad news.

"We realized that the tumor had some significant growth and there's also two new tumors as well," April says.  

Doctors told April Hailey may only have months to live. Her only hope is to see specialists in Boston, Maryland and Texas but April is a single mom with four other children and $16,000 in medical bills, money is tight.

"I could be really sad about it but she won't let me be sad. She keeps me inspired," says April.

The community has helped with fundraisers to get Hailey to and from her doctors. Now she's relying on God to get her through it. "He's the only one who could do that and I understand that," says Hailey.
 
"I'm not anxious, I'm not sad, I have a peace that nobody else could give and I know it's from Him, I feel it in my gut," says April. "He just keeps telling me to fight and that's what we're going to do."

Hailey's first trip to Boston is in about a week and the community continues to show support. On July, 9 at the Ringgold Chick-fil-A from 5 to 8 p.m., a percentage of the food sales will go to Hailey and on July, 14 a car was at the Ringgold Advanced Auto will benefit Hailey's expenses to the doctors.

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