Students team up to raise money to help fight cancer

Students team up to raise money to help fight cancer

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Molly Kuhlenschmidt is a typical 6-year-old. She loves to play with her siblings.

"Ride my Barbie car and jump on the trampoline," Kuhlenschmidt said.

But a little more than 4 years ago, Molly's mom, an oncology nurse who takes care of adults with Leukemia, noticed something strange on Molly's back.

A rash that caught her attention. Turns out the, nurse's worst fears were right -- her precious child had Leukemia.

"All you're thinking is that this is a death sentence," Megan Kuhlenschmidt said.

Molly underwent two and a half years of treatment, long hours and days battling the disease.

"The first three months were really bad. She had to take steroids everyday and she lost all of her muscle tone. She was walking potty trained, she couldn't sit up. We would put her in the middle of the floor and she would fall over," Megan said.

"That's when her hair started coming out. You could see it was thinning," Megan explained.

The kindergartner is now in remission.

Her story has inspired high school students from across Northeast Ohio to help join the fight against cancer. Several candidates are raising money for the first annual Leukemia and lymphoma student of the year campaign, recognizing Molly as an "honored hero." She knows cancer is now behind her.

"Better. No more cancer," Molly said.

"I don't even think the general public even knows what the disease is or how it can affect you and your family, and I think more education and research are definitely needed," explained Megan.

The students have spent six weeks raising money. Their goal is $30,000.

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