Local girl one of eight Miracle Kids

A Port Matilda girl who overcame leukemia will be one of eight 2019 Miracle Kids representing the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital during Celebrating Children’s Weekend on June 1 and June 2.

The local event will be held at DelGrosso’s Park in Tipton.

When she was 3 years old, Lucy Roop had continuous high fevers with no clear explanation for their cause.

After she complained about shoulder pain, her doctor ordered blood work, which showed an extremely low white blood cell count.

She was sent to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville to be seen by hematology/oncology specialists.

Further testing found that Lucy had leukemia. Her treatment began immediately and continued for more than two years.

Now, more than three years later, Lucy is cancer free.

Donations to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital helped to provide the Pediatric Sedation Suite, where Lucy underwent many procedures during her long battle to beat cancer.

People can make a donation online at geisinger.org/cmn or by calling 800-322-5437.

WTAJ will broadcast the Celebrating Children’s Week­end from noon to 6 p.m. June 2.