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10-year-old from Southern Illinois battling cancer for a third time

CAMBRIA, IL (KFVS) – A 10-year-old girl from Southern Illinois is battling cancer for the third time since 2006.Roxy Pullum, 10, recently had three brain tumors removed by doctors in St. Louis. She’s currently undergoing several weeks of chemo-radiation-therapy to prevent the tumors from growing back.

However, this isn’t her first encounter with cancer. Pullum was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 14-months old, according to her mother Nancy Pullum. The younger Pullum fought the disease into remission, but the cancer came back again when she was four-years-old.

Roxy is a fourth grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Herrin, Illinois. She lives with her mother and two brothers in Cambria, Illinois.

“I just miss it, I miss it. It’s so fun,” Pullum said. She has missed several weeks of school because of her illness.

The child said her radiation treatments aren’t painful and she remains optimistic. However, she said the traveling back and forth to St. Louis hospitals takes a toll on her.

“Sometimes they have me lay down when I don’t want to lay down and sometimes they have me sit up when I don’t want to sit up,” Pullum said.

“I have a strong faith in God. I have a strong belief  that Jesus died for her and he took stripes on his back for her healing and I have a supernatural amount of peace about that.”

At four years old, Roxy fought the cancer again until no signs of the disease were found.

“If I could take all this away I would,” Nancy Pullum said. “I’d be sick in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t even have to second guess it. There are moments that I have where I start to be afraid or angry even because who can live like that.”

Now that the tumors have been removed, Roxy must undergo another 30 days of chemotherapy.

“She’s amazing actually,” Nancy Pullum said. “I have people tell me ‘I don’t know how you do it’ and all I tell them is well, you don’t have her sitting there watching you. Because she takes it on the chin and just goes on with her day.”

On Sunday in Herrin, Illinois. at the high school football stadium — Dozens of “Team Roxy” supporters joined to walk and run in a benefit for the young child that has endured much.

A GoFundMe has been established to help the Pullum family pay for medical and travel expenses. The family has incurred more than $20,000 in expenses in the past nine years because of Roxy’s illness.

The family also requests for prayers of comfort and healing.

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