At 20 months of age, the family of Breanna Keller heard the words, "Your daughter has cancer." Now at the age of 12, Breanna is in remission.

At 20 months of age, the family of Breanna Keller heard the words, "Your daughter has cancer." Now at the age of 12, Breanna is in remission.
Breanna, her mom, Loretta and others participated in Friday's Newton-McDonald County Relay For Life at the Neosho High School's practice field. A total of 15 teams participated in the six hour Relay which included the cancer survivor's lap, luminary service, games, food, music and raising money for Relay. This year's monetary goal was $50,000 and according to organizers, thus far, $49,733.51 was raised.
"I am a survivor of  neuroblastoma," said Breanna.
Loretta added, "I was told it was cancer of your nerve endings, when you are born, all of your nerves are supposed to be there, for some reason they start growing again."
This was not Breanna's first Relay. She not only participated in this year's Relay, but also made something for a raffle - a quilt.
"I did have some help from my grandmother. it took me a little bit less that an month (to do the quilt)," Breanna said. "This is my first quilt that I have made for the Relay, but I have made another one before."
Loretta said her daughter cut out the squares and picked out the colors for the quilt which is a little moe than 5 feet tall.
The money she raised from the raffle went back to Relay, Breanna noted.
"I was really proud of her. She came up with the idea to do the quilt herself," said Loretta. "Her grandmother did help with it a little bit, she helped with the design. Breanna did the work herself other than the binding and the actually quilting of it."
Advice
"My advice for others is to just don't feel bad, just have high hopes," said Breanna.
Her mom added, "it is all that you can do is stay positive. keep your faith. I honestly when they told us she had cancer, I knew that she was going to have to go to hell and back before she was better, but I always knew that in my heart that she was going to be OK. Just keep your faith, stay positive. There are really dark days, but you have to remember there will be a light at the end of the tunnel."

History of Relay
Nationally, Relay For Life began in 1984 when one person raised $27,000 for the cause to defeat cancer. Today, Relays are held nationwide. Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches ... people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.