A brain cancer survivor is paying it forward. The 13-year old girl from University Park is helping to make another North Texas child's dream come true. (Published Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012)
13-year-old Mary Margaret Deering now spends happier days with her dog Scout and her family —these days are a stark difference to what they were just a few years ago.
When Deering was 10-years-old, doctors diagnosed her with a germinoma, a brain tumor.
"I was kind of shocked but I didn't cry at all my mom did, I remember that," Deering said.
In the months that followed, Deering underwent treatment — first came the chemotherapy and the radiation.
Earlier this year, she was eligible to have a dream granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Plano-based company, CheapCaribbean.com
"We wanted to take all of her favorite things and make them happen in one trip," Nicole Ivey, a spokesperson for the company said.
In August, combining her admiration of Bob Marley and dolphins, Deering and her family visited Jamaica.
"We got to zip line and swim with dolphins, it was really fun," Deering said.
After returning from the trip Deering received more good news, doctors told her that the treatment worked -- she's now cancer-free.
She now wants other North Texas children to have the same opportunity.
"Anyone who wants to nominate a child of 18 years and under [has] to write about a kid of character that has done something good in their school, something good in their community, something good in their family" Ivey said.
Published at 10:59 PM CST on Oct 14, 2012