6-year-old is cancer free with "no mo' chemo"

By Beau Ebenezer

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE Ill -- Honks could be heard from miles away Thursday night in Bartonville as car after car passed by.

The motto was clearer than day, "No Mo' Chemo".

"She's cancer free. All the tests came back good," said Hailey Newman's father, Luke Newman. "There is nothing to worry about. I try not to cry and try to be a man about it, but you have all of your friends and family here. They've been here with us for three years, and it's just an awesome feeling."

Hailey Newman, 6, of Bartonville was diagnosed with a form of leukemia in 2010 and was immediately sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

"They make the medicine for these kids, and I mean, she didn't get sick from the chemo," said Hailey's grandmother, Lisa Grammer. "It's just amazing what St. Jude does."

After three years of nightly chemo treatments from home and dozens of trips back to the hospital in Memphis, Hailey has made her final trip back to her overjoyed family.

Among the crowd was another St. Jude patient, who recently overcame brain cancer.

She said Hailey was her inspiration.

"If she can do it, I can do it," said cancer survivor, Kelly Dunn. "I can't be a wimp if someone that small is so brave. It really inspired me and motivated me to keep fighting."

Hailey will receive her final chemo treatment Tuesday and will have to go to routine check-ups until she is eighteen.

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