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January 11
10:55 2019
REPORTER: News Staff, Fri. Jan. 11th. - 

The family of 14-year-old Twyla Smith is asking for the public’s support to help her win her battle against Osteosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that led to the amputation of her right leg last month.

Angie Smith-Tucker, Twyla’s mother, explained that she is receiving treatment in Merida, Mexico and that the family could use some financial assistance because the expenses are piling up. Tucker explained that her daughter had been to the doctor several times trying to determine the cause of the pain in her leg and was repeatedly misdiagnosed with conditions such as a pulled muscle or her knee cap slipping out of place.

Finally, they sought medical attention in Mexico where they discovered that it was cancer and that the leg had to be amputated in order for her to survive.

“It’s been very difficult, the treatment is rough on her, but she has been keeping positive,” Tucker said. “She has a few months more of Chemo to go through, and we’re hoping that, at that time, the doctors tell us that everything is okay.”

Twyla was preparing to go through her second year of Pallotti High School when the diagnosis put her academic career on hold. Those wishing to assist can either make a donation through the Gofundme page, the link for which can be found through the Facebook page “Fundraiser for Twyla’s recovery” or at Atlantic Bank account 211822624.

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