By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Saturday dozens of kids battling cancer took the day to relax and have some fun during the Cattle Baron's 15th Annual "Children's Round-Up" at the Science Spectrum.
Kids got the chance to play with the neat gadgets, eat food, and be around others fighting the same battle. Among those children, six-year-old Torrence McClead, made her presence known catching everyone's eye with the big pink hat she wore to hide her bare head.
Diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was only 18 months old, Torrence has been through three different chemotherapy treatments in the last five years and will be going for a checkup next week.
"I've been going to therapy a lot, and I'm going to Dallas," said Torrence. While there doctors will take pictures of Torrence's brain tumor to determine what her next steps will be.
The tumor has been operated on once before, but now deep in the middle of her brain, doctors won't be able to operate again to remove it, so Torrence is relying on four different medications each day and sometimes chemo that her body sometimes rejects.
"One of her chemo regiments caused her to get sick really bad to where she was hospitalized a lot. We spent a Christmas in the hospital and that was hard because we had to tell her that Santa would find us, but she has endured it all and she fought back. She's a fighter," said Torrence's mom Traci McClead as she fought back tears.
The tumor has caused Torrence's reaction time on the left side of her body to be slower than normal, and blindness in her right eye. But through the pain and treatments, she never lets it show. "I sit on my hands, and they put the needle on, and I have to count 1...2…3 and they put the needle in and then it doesn't hurt," said Torrence.
Sometimes too weak and not able to play with the other kids as much, Torrence and her family come to the Children's Round-Up each year to meet up with others just like her. "It's great. It's like a big reunion for her," said Traci.
Although she's only six years old, this little girl makes a big difference in the lives of everyone she meets. "There's just something about her when anybody meets her they just fall in love, that a complete total stranger will want to be next to her. She gives me strength and because of her happiness and her willing to fight this it's made it easier for me. I just hope that she can be normal and be happy," said her mother.
During Lubbock's Cattle Baron's Ball on July 24th all money raised will go toward finding a cure for cancer. If you would like to help kids like Torrence you can go to their website by clicking here.
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