The Fort Scott High School drama department improv troupe will be performing this Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium as a benefit for Fort Scott Middle School student Hunter Hawley. Hunter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006, and after doctoring at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, was diagnosed cancer-free two years later. Within three months, the cancer had returned and Hunter was hospitalized for a month. In 2012 Hunter finished his chemotherapy treatments, but one month later, more cancer was found. One week later, the Bone Marrow Transplant Team contacted the Hawleys, but when Hunter's medical condition began to improve, the transplant was called off.
This past Thursday, Hunter returned to Children's Mercy after an eye check-up revealed something "suspicious." The news was not good. Hunter's cancer had come back. He begins chemotherapy this week and will be given another spinal tap, with a transplant in the near future.
A free-will donation will be taken at the door this Thursday, with all money raised going to the Hawley family. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hunter's parents are Kim Durbin and Mike Hawley.