Child cancer survivor turns into an aspiring child life specialist

Tuesday, November 11th

Augusta, GA - Carly Rivers is a typical 13-year-old girl. She loves volleyball, dancing and being with friends. However, Carly is who she is today in part because of the Children's Hospital.

In 2004, at just 2-years-old, Carly's parents noticed a knot in her stomach.

After days of testing, Carly's parents were given the news no one wants to hear, their daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

From age two to five, Carly went through weeks of chemotherapy, had her left kidney removed, went through more chemotherapy. Then, a day before her one year anniversary, she was rediagnosed and had to start all over again. More surgery removed a part of her right lung and in July of 2006 she finally went into remission.

Carly's mother says she didn't think Carly would be where she is today. She was told she wouldn't be able to play sports but she just finished up her first season of volleyball for school.

In a special twist, for as many years as she spent in the hospital, Carly isn't ready to leave. She says she aspires to be a child life specialist at the Children's Hospital when she grows up.

Click here to take part in Carly Rivers' campaign to raise $5,000.

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