Behind her precious smile, you would never know 12-year-old Audrey Harbert is fighting the biggest battle of her life. Her parents, Mark and Bernadette remember September 28, 2004, the day their daughter was dianosed with cancer. “The doctors pulled us into a room and told us she had Rhabdomysarcoma, which is a soft tissue tumor that grows rapidly," Mark said.
It started in her hand and quickly spread. Audrey went through intense chemotherapy and eventually, the cancer was gone and she was playing soccer again. “Here’s a kid, she strapped on her cleats and a game. Everyone believed they were witnessing a miracle,” Mark said.
But, soon after that miracle, as the family was leaving for their ‘Make a Wish’ trip to Disney World in March, another tumor appeared right after her 12th birthday, which meant round two of treatment. “This week, she goes in at 9 in the morning and gets done with chemo at 4 in the afternoon.”
When you meet Audrey, she's just your normal 12-year-old. She loves sports and playing soccer. And her courage has touched so many. Audrey receives “get well” cards from people she doesn’t even know.
She wears a necklace, which she considers as hope. “I think it’s like a circle of life. It says “health” around the circle charm. | think that my health will be better eventually," Audrey said.
And somehow, through all of this, Audrey never loses her smile or her will to live.
Doctors are hopeful. Audrey said as soon as she gets a clean bill of health, she wants to take a vacation.
This Saturday, a few hundred people are playing in a soccer tournament at Cheyenne Mountain High School and all the money goes to Audrey's medical bills. If you would like to donate, send money to “For Audrey” at Pride Soccer, 1515 North Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.