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Allie Heatherly was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in 2011, at the age of four. She spent a year at MSKCC in Manhattan, NY where she received intra-arterial chemotherapy and a radiation plaque. She was routinely monitored in NY and her home state of South Carolina.

In the spring of 2015 she began having pain behind her eye. Through the year her headaches became worse but she continued to receive a clean bill of health from her doctors. Her headaches became unbearable and to address the issue, two days before Christmas her eye was surgically removed. Two weeks later we were told it was the tumor and it had spread.