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Girl with rare form of cancer given $4,000 saddle

By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 13 2014 07:41:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 14 2014 08:00:33 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

A girl with a rare form of cancer was given a $4,000 saddle on Saturday at the Taylor County Expo Center.

Melissa McHann, 16, was diagnosed with an Optic Pathway Glioma, a rare slow-growing brain tumor. That has caused her to lose nearly all her vision in her right eye.

Her friends and family gathered at the Taylor County Expo Center to give her and her mother special gifts, including a spa certificate and a zoo pass.

McHann encourages people in her situation to continue to have hope and stay positive when thinking about the future.

"There's just, there's so much hope,” McHann said. “There's so much research, so much better treatment out there and there's always hope no matter what stage you are or how bad it is.”