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Community rallies behind four-year-old battling cancer

Source: Kristy Spearman Source: Kristy Spearman

A community rallies for a four-year-old from Hubbard who is battling cancer.

Parker Spearman was diagnosed with leukemia on Jan. 19 after being sick for months. Parker's mom, Kristy, said before last month, doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia, bronchitis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

"A virus doesn't last months and weeks. I knew it was more," Kristy said. "It hurts because she is such a special girl but I know that if there is someone that can't work through this, it's her."

Her mother describes her as friendly and fun. 

"Parker is very silly and very social. No one is a stranger to her," Kristi said. "She's very loving and very caring." 

The family found out about the child having cancer the same day she was going to the Father/Daughter dance at Hubbard Elementary with her dad, Phillip.

"We danced a couple of good slow songs but most of the time I was letting her play with her friends because she had missed a whole week of school," said Phillip.

Despite the fun, he admits it wasn't easy. 

"I had to fight back the tears a few times there," Phillip.

Parker, who started treatment last month, is undergoing chemotherapy at McLane Children's Medical Center in Temple, which is more than an hour away from the family's home in Hubbard. When she is not at the hospital, the four-year-old is at home. 

Parker won't be able to attend school for nine months while she undergoes her initial treatment. 

"She's up every two to three hours and then she goes back to sleep. That's pretty much the routine right now. Of course, when she is asleep, I'm trying to make sure everything else is done because everything has to be clean," Kristy said.

The mother of two has now left her job to care for her daughter full-time. 

"Income is cut in half. The traveling couple of times a week, and that's planned traveling, is a lot. It's a distance to drive. We always run the risk of having to leave at any time if she gets a fever if she has significant pain or bleeding," Kristy said. 

The family set up a GoFundMe. It also has a charity account called "Prayers for Park" at Citizens State Bank in Hubbard under Mitzi Spearman. 

In addition, an auction is planned for April and a Street Dance will happen in June. 

If you would like to follow Parker's recovery, click here.

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