Molly's Kids (Sept 25): Granite Falls middle schooler fighting leukemia, inspiring her mom

Molly's Kids (Sept 25): Granite Falls middle schooler fighting leukemia, inspiring her mom

GRANITE FALLS, NC (WBTV) - You might recognize Allison Hodge from earlier this month – controversy swirled on Facebook about whether she was allowed to be a cheerleader for her Granite Falls middle school.

This post has nothing to do with that.

This post is to simply lift up Allison as one of our amazing #MollysKids.

That cheerleading situation was a blip in her radar, certainly not this spunky 12-year-old's whole story.  There is way more to Allison, who is fighting ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).

"Allison inspires all of us," said her mom Jennifer. "Sometimes people ask how we as a family do it.  My answer is simple:  When God places a mountain in front of you, you climb."

Allison was diagnosed in February.

"Finally I took her to the local ER in Valdese," Jennifer said. "When we arrived, it went from two caregivers to ten in a matter of moments.  Finally a doctor came and sat me down and said, 'We think she may have bone marrow cancer'."

From there Allison went to Levine Children's Hospital. She stayed a month.

Since then she has had 26 different chemotherapies.

"She rocked them," said her mom. "Even the really tough ones. It can be unnerving. Every process and treatment is new, but I'm proud of her. I'm beyond proud of her."

Jennifer says when she sometimes cries in a bad day, Allison is the one who makes her laugh.

"She loves sports, art, music, movies, animals and concerts," says her mom. "She's a diva. In a good way. She has an amazing one-of-a-kind personality."

You can follow Allison's FB page here >>

Allison is the 25th child I'm featuring this month, all who have been thrown into situations that made them grow up way too fast.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness (ACTION) Month.

Share this post. Tell your friends. Start a conversation. Go to a fundraiser. Donate time or love. Do what you can to help change Awareness into ACTION.

Then read this from Jennifer, a mom in the thick of it right now:

"Many things have been concerning since her diagnosis," says Jennifer. "But this month has showed love and given a chance to share beautiful stories. Even the cheerleading situation earlier this month felt like everyone was supportive of us and helped come together. We are truly blessed."


**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids in the month of September, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, she features one a day. Thirty total. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**