Family celebrates girl's 10th birthday during cancer recovery

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A young girl from Mt. Pleasant is celebrating her 10th birthday after five months of cancer treatment at MUSC. Despite the celebration, this little girl and her family could be in for another challenge.

Sunday was Megan Burns' 10th birthday party and her family and friends celebrated nothing short of a miracle.

After almost five months, Burns left the hospital and walked into a new, temporary home given to her family through donations.

"I thought this day would never come," said Irene Burns, Megan's mother. "It's been a long time coming."

Irene Burns is never far from her daughter's side, but has been especially close by since October when Megan underwent her first surgery to remove a brain tumor.

"I woke her up for school and she was complaining about a headache," Irene Burns said. "She started vomiting and she went and laid down and I gave her something to drink and she didn't drink it. I woke her up or I tried to wake her up, but she wouldn't respond, so I rushed her to the emergency room."

Megan's brain tumor required two more surgeries and countless other procedures to remove it. Now she moves on to the next leg of her journey.

"We just have become part of each other lives," said Christy Crawford, who's known Megan since she was 2 years old through her work at Belle Hall Elementary School.

On top of a countless number of therapies and more chemotherapy treatments, Crawford says Megan and the Burns family are facing another challenge.

"If there is no place for her that is sufficient for her, they have to remove her from her family and put her in a foster care facility which is horrifying," Crawford said.

Since the family's trailer in Mt. Pleasant isn't large or safe enough, if Irene Burns can't find a more permanent home for Megan after their apartment lease runs out in May, the family is facing an entirely different battle.

"I don't think Megan would be making the recovery she is making if she didn't have her mom," Crawford said.

To help Megan and the Burns family, donations can be made out to "Mission for Megan" at any First Federal branch in the Lowcountry. So far, they have raised $11,178.50 toward their goal of $30,000.

Crawford is also leading the charge at Belle Hall Elementary to collect $30,000 for a mobile home that will suit Megan's needs as she continues to recover.

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