Community rallying to help Angelina County toddler fighting Luekemia

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - She's only 2 years old and her parents say they're not sure if she really understands her serious sickness.

Hannah Merrel is a tough little girl, fighting cancer.

About a month ago, it started out as a fever. Then, her ankle hurt and she began refusing to walk.

A pediatrician sent them to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where she was diagnosed with Luekemia.

Hannah heads to Houston Friday for her fourth chemotherapy treatment.

Her dad said doctors told them Hannah has one of the most common and curable types of childhood cancers.

Meanwhile, the community is rallying to bring even more hope for Hannah.

"We were talking just last night how much we miss seeing her run through the house," Hannah's father Ryan Merrel said. "She used to run through giggling and chasing Rhet around and the chemo treatments have kept her subdued quite a bit, so we don't get to see that real lively side of her."

They'll make the Houston trip weekly for six months.

Donations can be made at Capital One bank to the "Hope for Hannah" account.

Community members are also selling t-shirts for $10 and wristbands for $5. To order a shirt or if you have fundraising questions, email

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