Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

(WVLT) - She's spent the last year in a battle that no child should never have to fight.

But, on any given day, about 50 children across the country are diagnosed with cancer.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

WVLT's Allison Hunt introduces you to a cancer survivor who despite the tough road, has stayed strong.

You could say Brittany Dever's smile is her best accessory.

"She's always got that big smile and that's just her," says Amy Dever, Brittany's mother.

And it's even bigger as she and her family celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatments.

Fifteen year-old Brittany loves math and Harry Potter books.

She's battled Ewing Sarcoma since June 2006.

"It was hard to believe at first, cause I was so healthy, and I was like, wow, if I wasn't healthy this would be really bad," says Brittany.

Talking to Brittany you'd like that last 15 months have been easy.

"It was just kind of, this is what you have to do, do it and take it a day at a time, and that's pretty much what I did," says Brittany.

Brittany's mother says that positive attitude is what helped her battle bone cancer.

"She'd say God chose me because I'm the only one that's strong enough to handle it," says Amy.

Her strength started when a pain in her back changed everything.

"It was like I got run over by a truck, because everything happened so fast. We were at the doctor's office about four in the afternoon and then we were here at Children's," says Amy.

Doctors began treatments immediately.

After 14 rounds of chemo and 36 radiation treatments, Brittany says she has changed.

"It made me more grateful, made me more appreciative, it put things in perspective, like petty things don't matter anymore. It's put my priorities straight," says Brittany.

She is even becoming fond of her new look.

"I didn't know that I'd look good with short hair and I like it now," says Brittany.

And even if it meant tough days, she also likes the young woman she's become, with that same, big smile.

"I'm just really thankful that that happened to me, cause I like what it did for my person," says Brittany.

Brittany will return to the doctor every three months for checkups.

She says she's excited about getting to drive in December and running cross country next year.


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