Rally for Ally
BY EMILY HARVEY ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Many hearts go out to the Hart family as senior Allyson Hart and her mother Kelly Hart battle brain and breast cancer together. Friends of each have worked together to show the Hart family their support, love and care for them as they each continue to fight cancer.
Fundraisers have been put together by Allyson and Kelly Hart’s friends, peers and co-workers. “Prayers for Ally” bracelets are being sold, tailgates are being held and even the Winterville Chick-Fil-A is helping out by hosting spirit night from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Sept. 23. The most recent fundraiser was a car wash on Sept. 13 that raised over $3,700.
“Allyson’s best friends were thinking about her and wanting to support her so we decided to have a car wash,” Kelly Hart’s co-worker and friend Dana Fairbrother said. “I think it’s awesome; if you want to give to the Hart family you can go to youcaring.com/rallyforally and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”
Both Allyson and Kelly Hart were able to make it to the car wash. Each are thankful for their friends who put the fundraiser together and for those that attended.
“[The car wash] was the most fun I’ve had in the past few weeks,” Allyson Hart said. “It was really awesome and overwhelming to know how much everyone cares; thank you so much to everyone.”
Kelly Hart anticipates Allyson Hart’s recovery and knows that a little TLC from her friends is just what is needed to boost her spirits.
“The support of friends and family really just keep her spirits up and that’s what’s going to make her work hard and get better,” Kelly Hart said. “That’s what’s going to make her feel normal; she just wants to be who she was again.”
The Hart family sends praises to God as Allyson and Kelly Hart continue down their roads of radiation, chemotherapy and recovery even though their journey is not yet completed.
“We’ve come so far but when you look at it, it’s just been three weeks,” Kelly Hart said. “[Allyson’s] tumors are out and the staples are out so there’s a lot of praise for that but we’re planning treatment and we feel like we’re starting another whole process: phase two.”
They each believe the surgeons at Duke were all part of Allyson Hart’s miracle. The doctors realized the urgency of the situation, knowing it could be fatal if postponed, and fit Allyson right into their schedule.
“God’s timing was so perfect because they wanted to wait a week here and I was able to get in on a Friday on a holiday with the two best surgeons at Duke,” Allyson Hart said.
Allyson and Kelly Hart are happy to be home for the time being.
“I was excited to see everyone and all my friends,” Allyson Hart said. “It makes you happier when you see people that aren’t stabbing you.”
Through Allyson Hart’s experience over the past few weeks she has learned how important it is to not take anything for granted.
“Do stuff that makes you happy because I could have died; you really don’t know what could happen the next day,” Allyson Hart said. “I went to school and then the next day I found out I had a brain tumor; you literally don’t know what could happen.”
While Kelly Hart is in the process of undergoing chemotherapy, Allyson Hart begins radiation on Sept. 5. They are each so thankful for everything their friends have done for them.
“According to our doctors, once we have our prescribed treatments both of us have good prognosis,” Kelly Hart said. “We just want to thank everybody and we’ll try to make as many fundraisers as we can.”