Teen diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve asks for prayers

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Friday, Dec. 27, 2013


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to take the little things for granted.

But, after a 13-year-old Augusta girl is diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve, her family says, they will never take health or family for granted again.

Jessica Courtright is your typical 13-year-old girl. She loves horses, her favorite color is purple, and says she wants to own a restaurant when she grows up.

Christmas is usually Jessica's favorite time of year, but this year has been a tough one to say the least. She was diagnosed with cancer Christmas Eve.

Jessica had gone to the doctor because of lower back pain. An X-ray revealed Ewings Sarcoma; a rare type of cancer, was already in the advanced stages.

Doctors started chemotherapy right away.

Jessica spent Christmas Day at the Children's Hospital of Georgia--fighting for her life.

"Just feeling nauseous and throwing up every time they flush me and they keep on trying to give me more medicine," she said.

"From the doctor's face it didn't look to me that she would make it the week, " said Jessica's step-mom, Rebecca Parrish-Courtright. "Maybe just a couple of days."

While many 13-year-old girls asked for makeup and clothes this Christmas, Jessica only wanted one thing.

"My biggest wish is that I could just go home soon," she said.

Jessica wanted to tell you her Christmas story, in hopes that prayers will help heal her.

"She was not looking good at all Christmas Eve, and I kind of lost my faith," said Parrish-Courtright. "I didn't think it was working, I thought I was going to be planning a funeral.

When her step-mother logged onto Facebook, she says the outpouring of love and support from friends and family gave her renewed faith.

"She was doing so much better, and I looked on Facebook and saw all the prayer, and I thought you know what? Prayer is working," she said. "So I want to get everyone we can to pray for her.

As of Friday, all off Jessica's vital signs are normal, and they think the chemo is starting to work against the tumor.

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