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Good News from the 'Warrior Princess'

Five-year-old Claire Koreck is finally cancer free, but she paid a price to get that way.

Claire Koreck, now 5, is cancer free. She dresses up as a Warrior Princess in her fight against pediatric cancer.
Claire Koreck, now 5, is cancer free. She dresses up as a Warrior Princess in her fight against pediatric cancer.
It was a list of problems that would scare the heck out of just about anyone who hadn't been through what Sheila Koreck had over the last year.

"My husband called to tell me our roof was leaking, there was a leak in our bathroom plumbing that flooded the dinning room and the car needed four new tires," Koreck said with a winsome smile. "I said no problem, Claire doesn't have cancer."

It took nearly ten months, 25 platelet and 19 blood transfusions, months of chemotherapy, the insertion of a prosthesis for her upper arm and shoulder that were ravaged by Ewing's sarcoma cancer and countless anxious moments to be able to say those words: "Claire doesn't have cancer."

Now, the five year old is zipping around their spacious Sicklerville home, cavorting with her twin brother Declan and even attending preschool some days. Sometimes, she even slips into her persona as the Warrior Princess, clad in a pink cape and a matching mask, cancer's worst enemy.

Family, friends, neighbors and coworkers of Claire and her husband Patrick have rallied to their side, raising money for cancer research in events such as last summer's Relay for Life all-night run in Gloucester Township, and to help the family make ends meet since Sheila, an oncology nurse at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has taken a year off to care for Claire.

For Sheila, 43, the education she received since her little girl was diagnosed with cancer just after the Christmas holiday season last year was something she didn't learn in medical school.

The thankful mom explains in this video.
Rob J November 20, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Great news. Congratulations

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