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Age 4 Girl Dresses as Stormtrooper as She Marches Through Hospital To Ring 'Cancer Bell'


At just 4 years old, Audrina Hatton-Wright has been fighting childhood cancer with a courageous heart and determined attitude.

In July 2018, little Audrina was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, according to her website, Keep Audrina Dancing.

In the months that followed the devastating diagnosis, Audrina endured a grueling treatment plan, hoping that her tiny body would one day be cancer-free.

Audrina’s parents, Gemma Gould and Zach Hatton-Wright, are doing everything they can to save their daughter’s life, trying to be brave while witnessing the heartache of Audrina’s painful treatments.

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Audrina endured a staggering 14 rounds of radiation, four rounds of chemotherapy and four surgeries, according to KTBC.

“In December she had surgery to remove her tumour and at the start of this year she had her most gruelling treatment yet suffering through high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant,” Gould wrote on Audrina’s webpage.

“This last treatment was absolutely heartbreaking as we watched our baby girl go through some horrific symptoms.”

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After eight months of treatment at Nottingham Radiotherapy Centre in England, Audrina and her family triumphantly celebrated the end of her treatment plan.

Wearing a Star Wars stormtrooper costume, Audrina marched down the hospital hallway while Darth Vader’s theme song, “The Imperial March,” played in the background.

Audrina was surrounded by hospital staff who also wore masks, carried lightsabers and celebrated alongside the brave 4-year-old.

“It was all her idea,” Gould told SWNS, KTBC reported. “She’s seen all the movies and has all the ‘Star Wars’ Build-A-Bears. I am incredibly proud.”

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Audrina’s courageous fight and love for Star Wars even reached the eyes of Luke Skywalker himself. Mark Hamill sent a personal message to the child and her family, wishing Audrina all the best in her recovery and a long, healthy life.

Audrina is not entirely out of the woods yet.

While her body is currently in remission, Audrina does face a 50 percent chance of relapse, according to her GoFundMe campaign.

When relapse does occur, there is only a 1 in 10 chance of survival.

Her parents are fundraising for specialized treatment in the United States that would increase the chances that Audrina’s cancer does not return.

“It is imperative Audrina receives this treatment to ensure her cancer does not return and she can finally get back to living a normal life and enjoying her childhood,” her campaign page reads.

Through her pain, hospitalizations and uncertain future, Audrina rebounds with a smile on her face, inspiring her parents with her incredible attitude.

“She’s been brilliant,” Gould said. “It’s been a long haul but she’s kept us both going.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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