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Ringwood cancer survivor delivers $1.75 million check to Sloan Kettering

Stop & Shop was aiming to raise about $1.3 million through the sale of coupon books this spring. Over the course of eight weeks, 199 stores in the tri-state area sold four separate coupon books for $2 each, with all proceeds going to Sloan Kettering’s Department of Pediatrics. The total raised surpassed expectations. It also turned Hannah into a supermarket celebrity.

“I’d be walking into Stop & Shop with my mom going grocery shopping and then people would just look at me and be like, ‘Hmmm, I feel like I know that girl,’ ” Hannah said.

Hannah said she knows her story of surviving cancer inspires people, and she is comfortable letting people know “what it’s like to be in this kind of situation, so they could learn more about what goes on and maybe help more kids like me in the future.” What cancer did to her life, Hannah said, was terrible.

“I would feel sick every day,” she said. “I’d feel really weak and wouldn’t be able to see my friends”

After undergoing eight chemotherapy treatments and having surgery to remove three ribs and a piece of her spine, Hannah was declared cancer-free earlier this year. The soon-to-be eighth grader, is now back to enjoying life, friends, swimming and soccer.

“I’m so much better [than a year ago]. I’m feeling great. I’m getting more active and I’m getting stronger,” she said.

Her mom said she is proud of the way Hannah persevered through the ordeal and carries herself today.

“She has a great spirit, a great outlook on life,” said her mom, Cathleen Boorse. “She has something in her that people say, ‘You know what? You can make a difference.’ And she’s going to.”

That spirit and the enduring smile that displays it should see Hannah continue on as an ambassador for Memorial Sloan Kettering. A childhood cancer awareness month celebration is in the works for Times Square this September, Cathleen Boorse said.

“Unfortunately, it had to take her being sick for us to be a part of this,” she said. “But because of her strength and her courage in what she’s done … she’s an inspiration for so many people.”

Since 2001, Stop & Shop has donated $17.9 million given to support pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. It has donated an additional $50 million to other charitable causes.

Extracted from NorthJersey.com

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