MIDLAND- One local resident who is fighting a rare type of breast cancer has made it through surgery. Last month, NewsWest 9 introduced 29-year-old Hanna Darden, she's battling inflammatory breast cancer.
Since NewsWest 9 last spoke to Darden, the cancer had spread to her brain in forms of tumors. She underwent surgery and now she's doing fine. She says since our story aired she has received a tremendous response not only from locals but from strangers as well.
"People open up their hearts and like I said even people, I look at their names and I see an email address and they say, you may never know me but I read your story and I'm rooting for you and I'm praying for you. I hope this helps," Darden said.
Darden's breast cancer can not be detected with mammogram's. She's been getting treated at MD Anderson Center in Houston because she says it's the only facility that can treat her.
Since our story aired, she stopped getting chemo because since the cancer has spread to her brain and doctors had to treat that with radiation and surgery. She'll be back on chemo soon.
"They were able to completely remove the tumor. They do still feel like there is a one more spot that they're going to treat with radiation," Darden said.
Darden says she's feeling the love from her community, she had created a fund to help pay her costly medical bills. There's no funding for her type of cancer because it's rare.
She's raised nearly $10,000 through her fund and says she feels blessed from supporters.
"You know I have this money and helped with my medical expenses and do my things and then if one my team of doctors can cure my cancer, because they're working very hard, then lets cure all cancer, lets keep it going. I'm going to keep fighting and keep seeking treatment," Darden said.
A private fundraiser was held in Midland ON Saturday in honor of her. The Philip Thomas band came all the way from Austin to play at the event.
If you like to help just log on to www.gofundme.com/hannadarden.