Hero of the Week: Emily Short (Decatur)

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DECATUR -- There's nothing fair about a 9-year-old growing more tumors than she has years of her life.

But that's what Decatur's Emily Short was up against two years ago when doctors discovered she had kidney cancer -- and 10 tumors to prove it.

Now after a two-year battle that took her away from school and her beloved Debbie's Dance Studio, Emily is back in action. Her journey to remission was a joint effort of support that involved Short's family, friends, First Christian Church, Debbie's Dance Studio, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and countless others in the community that rallied around her.


Week 1: Shannon Roberts, MacArthur

Week 2: Fowler Connell, Danville

Week 3: Ken Leonard, Sacred Heart-Griffin

Week 4: Micah and Dennis Sheppard, Meridian

Week 5: Emily Short, Decatur