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LAWTON, Okla_A 2nd grader at Hugh Bish Elementary is battling leukemia for the second time, and her school is chipping in to help.

The Student Council at the school organized a blood drive in Maddy Hunt's honor for the many transfusions she will have to undergo during her extensive treatment.

Maddy Hunt is a lot like any other 8 year old girl, she likes to read, draw, she wants to be a dentist, but there is this one thing that sort of sets her apart.

"I have cancer and I can't be around lots of people because I might get sick and I have to go to the hospital, " said Maddy Hunt.

And it's not the first time. Maddy was just celebrating being 1 year cancer free last month when her Leukemia reared its ugly head.

"I think it's hooey booey. And I think I'm going to miss my school, " Maddy said.

Maddy said she's feeling fine, but the hardest part will be missing her friends. She'll be home-schooled for the rest of the year while she's undergoing her treatment.

Her parents said the second time around is harder on them, but watching her stay strong is what keeps them going.

"She taught me so much the first time. She couldn't care less if she has a hair on her head you, and she's just like whatever! And she just has this amazing spirit about her so that is what gives me inspiration, " said Maddy's mom, Melissa Hunt.

Maddy's school has seen the highs and lows of her cancer, and they're aware of how hard this is on the family.

"It's heartbreaking. To think that a little girl has to go through that once, let alone two times now. But she's one of the strongest kids I have ever met, " said Maddy's teacher Adalia Kamaunu.

The Hugh Bish Elementary Student Council already had a blood drive planned for May 3rd, so when they got the news about Maddy they thought, why not make this one in honor of her.

And Maddy was beside herself when she found out.

"Awesome!! That makes me happy! It just makes me happy when I get to be told that my school is like still there for me and just get to hear about them, " Maddy said.

"I can't wait to go and give blood myself, and take a camera so I can show Maddy pictures of how many people are there supporting her, " said Melissa Hunt.

Maddy's teachers said they want to do this so she's back in the building in time for 3rd grade.

And Maddy said it's this extra support that will give her the boost to, as she put it, kick cancer's booty. "I think I'm gonna kick it until it's dead. Really dead!"

Also at the blood drive they are asking people to test and be registered for the bone marrow transplant list. They say it just takes a quick swab of the mouth to be put on a list that could save someone's life like Maddy's.

That blood drive is one week from Friday. May 3rd from 11 a-m to 4 p-m at Hugh Bish Elementary. If you have any questions contact Larissa Krusinsky at 580-248-2244. 

 
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