KSDK's Kay Quinn came to Cardinal Glennon to tell the story of former Glennon patient Danielle Crow. Her short time at Cardinal Glennon had an impact on Danielle, and now, she's having a big impact on others.
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A North County teenager who almost single-handedly raised thousands dollars in a charity fishing tournament distributed those funds Wednesday.
Newschannel Five's was there for the tearful presentations at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
"This is for you guys to help with your expenses," said Danielle Crow, the soon-to-be high school senior who organizes Casting for Cancer.
"Thank you for everything you've done for us and our family," says Daria Garcia, the mother of a two-year-old battling a brain tumor, through her tears.
Tears and hugs as parents who've faced the fear of losing a child found a little miracle of sorts in the form of Crow.
Her May fishing event raised $7,000 for families of children with the disease. Today she passed out the checks.
"This is for you," Crow said as she gave a check to the Murphy family of Carrollton, Illinois.
Crow is hoping to ease the financial burden often faced by families whose children have cancer, and offer emotional support.
Four-year-old Chloe Murphy was in the intensive care unit at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center for a year with complications following a bone marrow transplant.
"We needed this really bad," said Chelsey Murphy, Chloe's mom. "We're on the verge of losing our house. Medical expenses add up pretty quick. This helps a lot, thank you."
And two year old Dorrian Blackwell is battling a brain tumor, cheered on by his parents and five other siblings.
"We do our best to support our child but when you find somebody ill in your family there's times I'd rather be at the hospital than be at work," says Daria Garcia, Dorrian's mother.
For Crow, today was her pay-back for months of hard work.
"It was definitely worth it. All of it makes me want to start right now for next year!" said Crow.
Crow started Casting for Cancer after she was hospitalized with stomach pain and met a little girl who later died of cancer.
Her first event raised $1,800. After raising $7,000 this year, she's hoping she can double that amount when she holds the third Casting for Cancer next year.
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