Cheney 8-year-old fighting rare cancer, surgery pushed back

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 16 at 12:01 AM

CHENEY--A little eight year old girl in Cheney is fighting a rare cancer and needs special surgery.
   
Back in March, Sierra Higbee was diagnosed with bone cancer.  Her family was set to take her to Denver later this month but now insurance won't cover the cost.
   
The family is preparing to push her surgery back and send their daughter for more chemo therapy.  The type of cancer she has is terminal, so it’s essential they get her tumor removed as soon as possible.
   
Besides using a walker, Sierra needs a feeding tube and can't spend too much time outside. 
     
Her family is still trying to get their insurance to approve the surgery this weekend.  The procedure would cut above her knee and ankle, remove her shin, attach part of her foot joint to her knee and give her a prosthetic leg.

The surgery will not only help Sierra walk on her own, but reduce the risk of the cancer returning.
   
Her family is also reaching out to charities to help pay for the procedure.  Support from her friends means a lot to the family, but even Sierra knows that isn't enough to get her the surgery she needs.

Blog about Sierra: www.sierrasstory-osteosarcoma.blogspot.com/

An account for Sierra has been set up. To donate contact any STCU location: "The Benefit for Sierra Higbee"

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