Lakeway community rallies around girl fighting cancer

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by ANDREW CHUNG and PHOTOJOURNALIST DEREK RASOR/KVUE NEWS

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 6:40 PM

LAKEWAY, Texas -- Nine-year-old Torrence Spence is just like any other kid who likes to play with her friends. 

"I like to dance," she said.

But unlike many other kids, Torrence is fighting a brain tumor, and it's a constant battle.

"Very sick...and tired," she said about her cancer treatment.

Yet her outlook on life inspires her mom Traci McClead. 

"She can just say, 'Hi Momma!’ in her sweet little voice, and it just makes everything go away, and it just makes it all better, and it makes it all worth it," she said.

Torrence has endured round after round of chemotherapy, only to be told her tumor's grown.

"In this last time that we had to start up, and I had to tell her that her tumor had progressed, and we were going to have to start chemo again, it was very hard to convince her," said McClead, choking up.

But Torrence is not giving up. "I don't like cancer," she said. Even with mounting medical bills, neither is her family.

This month, there’s a bright spot. The Papa Murphy's take-home pizza store in Lakeway is holding Tuesdays for Torrence, where every Tuesday in June, 15 percent of their sales goes to help with her medical bills.

"It's pretty good that what we're doing to help Torrence out, because cancer's a really serious issue, and it's just crazy how like, how young it can affect someone,” said Freddy Ramirez, a manager at the Papa Murphy’s in Lakeway.

Torrence's mom is overwhelmed by all of the support from the store and the community. 

"There are no words to thank them for what they did," she said.

Torrence vows to keep fighting. She's grateful for all the support and love from her family and friends.

"Thank you,” she said.

There are several ways to help Torrence and her family with her medical bills. The Papa Murphy’s store holding Tuesdays for Torrence this month is located at 2303 Ranch Road 620 South, Suite 200 in Lakeway.

An account has been set up at Bank of America under Torrence’s name (Torrence Spence). The account number is 586029491075. The routing number for paper or electronic checks is 111000025. The routing number for wiring is 026009593.

You can also purchase a gift card at Randall’s or HEB in Torrence’s name.

The main Facebook fundraising page for Torrence is here.

A secondary Facebook page is here.

 

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