BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The mother of a12-year-old fighting meningitis boards a plane Thursday, seeking treatment for stage-4 breast cancer.
"Well my doctor here has been treating me so long that it keeps coming back, and he just says I'm so young, and he would rather send me somewhere where. Maybe they have something that would work and keep it gone longer [and] in remission longer because he doesn't want it to spread to somewhere like my organs. So, we're going to try to move and stay ahead of the game," said Kali's mother, Traci Hardig, She has been battling breast cancer since 2005. "It's in my bones and in my hips and in my pelvis."
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Hardig does not want to leave her daughter, but said she must deal with her own sickness in order to care for Kali.
"It's been very hard. A lot of tears have been shed about having to leave Kali, but I've come to the conclusion that I've got to be well to be able to take care for my baby when she comes home," said Hardig.
Support from Benton and across the country continues to pour in.
"We would do anything to help them in a time of need, and I know they would do the same for us," said Sydnee Golman, a close family friend who played softball with Kali's sister.
Golman's softball coach gathered support from others to pay for Traci Hardig's airplane ticket to Texas in order for her to receive treatment.
Friends have set up an account at Arvest Bank to assist the family with Kali's medical bills. Anyone can donate by visiting any Arvest Bank branch. The account is listed under, "Kali LeAnn Hardig."
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