Celebrating childhood cancer free

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – You may remember a little girl who goes by the nickname of Princess Parker. She was diagnosed with stage three kidney cancer at three-years-old. Today marks the day she beat cancer three years ago.

Don’t let Parker Gossett fool you. She may be small but she is strong!

“I’m three years cancer free!” said Parker.

“She was almost my strength more than she needed me to be her strength,” said Parker’s Mom, Megan Gossett.

The little girl endured nearly a year of chemotherapy at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

“It was like living a nightmare. It felt like we were in hell actually for a good while,” said Megan.

But Parker’s positive spirit gave her mom hope.

“She said I got to get rid of my cancer bugs,” said Megan.

Saturday the family celebrated at Rick’s BBQ in Terre Haute. It’s a day her family and friends always get together for.

“It was the support of our family and friends that really held us all together,” said Megan. “It was like the glue for all of us.”

Her chances of reoccurrence went down 50% when she hit the two-year mark. Each year the percentage dwindles. This blessing is something the family doesn’t take for granted.

“The little things don’t matter as much so we try to enjoy the time we have now because we know it is special,” said Parker’s Dad, Anthony Gossett.

“I look back and see what she’s been through and I wouldn’t change that for the world. She’s a leader and she doesn’t know a stranger either. She makes friends wherever she goes,” said Megan.

Now Princess Parker and her family work to raise awareness for childhood cancer. They’re currently accepting donations for other children still fighting their battles of cancer. They will be delivering all Halloween items and other toys to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital on October 29. If you would like to donate you can contact Megan Gossett at (812) 241-1429.

Some items they are collecting are:

  • Baby dolls
  • Superhero items
  • Character items
  • Newly-released DVDs
  • Coloring books
  • Craft kits
  • Crayons
  • Hot wheels
  • Trains
  • Infant toys
  • Pajama sets
  • Princess items
  • Rattles
  • Character puzzles
  • X-BOX 360 Games
  • Subway gift cards
  • Legos
  • Nail polish
  • Glow necklaces