Community donates to child fighting brain tumor

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:01 a.m., Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:38 p.m.

Megan Burns' medical equipment, medicine and hospital bed fill the small sunroom of the apartment that's become her temporary home.

The 10-year-old had been hospitalized and battling brain cancer since October, and she was released from MUSC Children's Hospital this weekend.

She couldn't return to her family's trailer because it wasn't big or safe enough, and generous donors furnished and paid for the interim arrangement. A "Mission for Megan" fund was set up, and it totaled about $1,900 last week.

The Post and Courier featured an article about Megan in Friday's edition and other media picked up the story. The fund had grown to more than $11,100 by late Tuesday afternoon.

"I just about fell down I was so excited," said Christy Crawford, a close family friend and teacher at Megan's school, shortly after checking the account. "It's a testament to the type of community we live in."

Megan's family doesn't have a place to go after May, and their supporters hope to raise the estimated $30,000 needed for a new trailer. Most of Megan hospital bills are being covered by Medicaid.

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