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Millington Middle and Community rallies for Kari-ann

Star Staff Reports

KA and Grizz-1Kari-ann Hanson is like most sixth grade girls, this is the year she became a “middle-schooler.”  She enjoys spending time with her friends and exploring her creative side. She is also a St. Jude patient battling liver cancer.
Kari-ann was diagnosed with liver cancer in September.  It is a journey that no one would chooseh to take, but Kari-ann has been positive through it all with the help of her faith, family and friends.
The community has rallied behind her.  The students at Millington Middle School challenged the teachers to volleyball matches and held a dance to raise funds.  The school collected more than $1,500 that was split between Kari-ann and Cassie, another student at the school battling cancer.  MMS Principal Selina Sparkman and the entire faculty are constantly checking on her.
Although Kari-ann was only able to attend the first six weeks of the school year, her teachers have made every effort to visit her at home or in the hospital.
Even the sheriff deputy assigned to the school has been by to check on her.  Her former teachers at Millington Elementary also raised funds. Millington should be proud of their school system, Superintendent Dr. David Roper has assembled a wonderful team of teachers and administrators that truly care for their students.
Millington First Baptist Church has been very supportive. Once her friends found out about her cancer, they came along side her and her mom, Doreen Hanson, to let them know they are not alone in this journey.  It is no coincidence that Jenny Merritt is her life group teacher this year.  Jenny is fighting her own battle with breast cancer and yet she has been by to encourage Kari-ann.  Several of the ladies within the church like to send gifts to Kari-ann so that she knows they are praying for her.  Even the children within the Mother’s Day Out program showed their support by holding a Trik-a-thon in Kari-ann’s honor to raise more than $2,700 for St. Jude.  Wherever possible, whether it is with a visit, prayer, hug, or providing funds to repair the car, the staff, deacons, and life group teachers have all been there for the family.
Kari-ann’s grandparents realized that she needs more room but there was no where to expand the house. Ernie Carter and Larry Silvey came by the house to determine how the men from First Baptist Church could help with this project.  After reviewing their options, Kari-ann’s grandfather, William Hudman, decided the best option would be to convert part of his workshop into a room for Kari-ann.  Ernie and Larry have coordinated volunteers to accomplish this task.  The men have spent countless hours insulating, sheet-rocking, painting and carpeting the room.
The love and support shown to Kari-ann during this time has been overwhelming.  “It’s too much…too much”, Doreen would claim as tears roll down her face.  “Thank you does not seem to be enough.” say Uletha Hudman, Kari-ann’s grandmother.  It is time like this we are thankful to be a part of Millington.

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