NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A young child and her grandmother have a unique bond created by something neither would wish on the other. They illustrate how good can come from bad.
When this grandmother and granddaughter get in the kitchen there's a bit of silliness.
The laughter is a blessing to Cathy Huddleston and her 13-year-old granddaughter Anna Huddleston. They're both leukemia survivors.
"Acute myloid leukemia," Cathy said.
"I had acute lymphoblastic leukemia," Anna said.
Cathy was diagnosed in 1995 as an adult. Anna was three when she got sick. Mother and daughter-in-law Kristie Huddleston recalls the odds for both women.
"My mother-in-law's illness was very, very, very serious. She had like a 3-percent chance of survival and such a trooper, pulled thorough, no problem," Kristie said. She's so strong always and her granddaughter, obviously, got that straight from her. Anna's was best case scenario for childhood cancer. We were very blessed in the fact that she had a 90-percent survival rate."
Anna has little recollection of the bad, but she remembers the good.
"I remember like my doctor when I was getting my port, he would always sing Sponge Bob, Square Pants theme song to me," Anna said.
The three year old also gained confidence by knowing her grandmother had a port and many of the other scary cancer experiences.
With all that past them, the women seldom think of such things. For Anna, life revolves around sports, not cancer.
"If I couldn't play sports, I don't know what I would do," Anna said.
And Cathy works hard staying up with all her grandchildren. The supportive grandparent says she and Anna are survivors because they're cured.
The Huddleston family owns the popular Butcher Boy's Smokehouse in Nacogdoches. On Saturday they'll bring back the Megaburger Competition for the fourth year. In previous years the five-pound burger eating contest helped raise thousands of dollars for Texas Children's Hospital and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. This year, proceeds will go to the Veteran's Resource Center in SFA.
The competition will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., with two rounds.
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