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August 9, 2013

Woodlawn church helps child in need

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WOODLAWN — —

We definitely want everyone to know how grateful we are and how blown away we are by the outpouring of love from the community,” Eric said. “Just people we've never even met have sent cards and gifts. It's very overwhelming.”

Eric's daughter only had a few minor symptoms prior to her diagnosis.

Her mother, Kerry, mentioned the symptoms to a doctor during a routine school physical for Nancy and the doctor scheduled an MRI. The MRI detected the tumor, which is inoperable.

She's very witty, very outgoing,” Eric said of his daughter. “A lot of people love her.”

Nancy will receive her first round of weekly chemotherapy Monday.

The family will have to take Nancy to St. Louis once a week for chemotherapy and twice a week to Mt. Vernon to have her blood drawn. This will result in major travel expenses.

Despite the hardships ahead, though, Eric said his family remains optimistic.

With the community's support and our church's support and knowing God's got control of all this, we're doing good,” Eric said.

The Drakes have four children – Nancy, Bailee, Luke, and Baxton.

More information on the Team Nancy campaign can be found on Facebook.

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