BUFFALO, N.Y. - 5-years-ago, Erin Matthewson had her world turned upside down. At age 9, she was diagnosed with Rabdomyer Sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer around the eye. Her mom, Nancy, said it was devastating. They have had cancer around them and Erin knew what cancer was, so did her 2 sisters. Unfortunately, none of those people survived their cancer and so when Erin and her sisters heard it, it was just, it was devastating. Erin and her mom spent the better part of 2 ½ years in and out of hospitals. This was hard on the whole family. Her two sisters had to drop out of sports activities and their grandmother moved in to their house to take care of them.
Although Erin described the hospital as “depressing” because she couldn’t see the people she loved. Still, she tried to stay positive saying “It was a difficult journey, but you just had to keep positive and you knew you would get through it”.