Beating the odds: Hannah Davison

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Leading up to the Relay For Life of Columbia River on June 7th, KEPR will be introducing you to different people in your community touched by cancer. They may be your neighbor, babysitter, co-worker, and they each have a unique story to share.
This is Hannah's story.

"There was an 83 percent chance I would survive," said Hannah Davison. At the age of six, Hannah Davison didn't know exactly what that meant or what she was about to face.

"I had slight bruising on my arms and legs and so we went to the doctor for a normal check-up...within three hours my mom and dad packed up the car and we went to Seattle that night."

Hannah had acute lymphocytic leukemia. "I never got told I had cancer," she said. "I knew something was going on; I knew I was sick." For two years she stayed in Seattle fighting an enemy she couldn't comprehend, but could see all around her. She was one of many in the cancer ward of Seattle Children's Hospital.

Eleven years later, Hannah is now a senior at Kamiakin High School. Her hair grew back and she's considered a survivor, but it's not a title she always wanted.

"At one point I was nine or ten and my mom would tell people I was a cancer survivor and I just wanted to forget it," she said. "I came home and told her 'mom stop talking about it, it's over, it's done.'"

It's only been until recently Hannah has opened up about her battle and it is opening her eyes.

"I don't wish it upon anyone, but I wouldn't take it back for the world," she said. "It built me as a person, built my maturity, it shaped who I am today."

And what she is today is a fearless young woman with only the world left to conquer.

The Relay for Life at Fran Rish Stadium is June 7th.