MESA, Ariz. - On her last day of chemotherapy, 4-year-old Audrey Hughes walked into the therapy room wearing a Super Girl costume and a big smile. The room, at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, was decked out in celebratory decorations and a table full of presents.
“I was surprised by all the stuff,” said Audrey said as she opened a present.
The little girl battled a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. A tumor was found in her spinal cord and had spread to her brain. With surgery and a year's worth of aggressive chemotherapy, it looks like she beat the disease. A scan in May showed no more cancer in her system.
“Just a long year. We're tired. Ready to be done and I don't even know we thought this day would get here. So this is a big day for that,” said an emotional Ira Hughes, Audrey’s father.
Audrey’s doctor said she beat the disease like a champ.
“She has gone through so much chemo, radiation, surgery. She’s come out of it doing fine with the same spirit she had coming in. Truly a miracle that she has gone through this and is doing fine,” said Dr. Erlyn Smith at the Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist at Cardon Children’s Medical Center.
While it was Audrey’s strength that powered her through the treatments. It was her spirit that made her special.
“She just brings the best out of everybody and brings everybody close. She’s playing practical jokes on us and making us all smile and laugh,” said Ashley Rhodes. Audrey’s nurse.
The nurses became like family and they'll never forget Audrey’s contagious spirit. They sang her a song to the tune of "He’s a Jolly Good Fellow" and switched the words to "she’s all done with chemo."
“I'm glad for her that she gets to be a normal kid but we're going to miss her so much,” said Rhodes.
Audrey will have another scan in August to make sure the cancer is gone from her system.
Audrey’s father has been blogging about her cancer battle, visit audreynoelle.com.