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Girl, 2, battling cancer, receives special surprise

Posted at 2:48 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 18:43:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City toddler battling cancer got a special surprise Thursday.

2-year-old Annora Snead got to walk the aisles of Burlington and pick out whatever she wanted.

Annora was diagnosed with high-risk B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in December 2017.

Since her diagnoses, she's been on a long-road of treatment.

While her treatment will continue until April 2020, Annora is now healthy enough to be out of the hospital and enjoying the life of a toddler.

Her parents, Jennifer and James Snead, found out they were selected for the surprise shopping spree by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and its partner, Burlington Stores.

"We got an email and weren't entirely sure if it was really or not and had to ask the hospital," James Snead said.

Carli Good, executive director for the mid-America chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said the organization works to make things easier on families who may be stressing about the financial burden of cancer.

"Anything that we can do to help make that financial burden of being diagnosed with cancer easier, that's one of our goals," Good said.

James Snead said having a cart full of toys and Winter clothes means the world to him and his family.

"This is great because along with Annora, we have three other kids," James Snead said. "It is insane, the amount of expense that comes out, even if portions of our treatment are taken care of with insurances and foundations, we still have a huge expense. It's the most taxing thing we've ever through as a young family."

James said Annora is in her final round of treatment and hopeful she'll be cancer-free come April.

"We're ready for it to be done," James Snead said. "It's been very taxing."