Hope for Hannah

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WASHINGTON, IL (WCIA) — A former three-sport high school star and a current Eastern Illinois University soccer player, Hannah Heinz life has been upside down the past two months.  

She’s been undergoing treatments to fight Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone cancer.


“I was nauseous all of the time, tired,” Heinz said. “Going up and down the stairs was hard, running out of breath. I used to play full soccer games.”

Only recently has she been able to walk down her block without losing her breath. But this week, the Washington High School grad got a more promising diagnosis.


“There was thought that it wasn’t Ewing’s Sarcoma, but B Cell Lymphoma,” Heinz said.

The treatments aren’t as harsh for B Cell Lymphoma and Hannah is encouraged that soon she can begin working out again.


“I’m not going to go crazy and start running,” Heinz said. “I hope to kick the ball around.”

She’s been overwhelmed by the support she’s received through St. Jude’s and the general public.
Cubs star Anthony Rizzo surprised her in the hospital., and her teammates made “Hope for Hannah” bracelets.


“It reminds me of what I’m fight for,” Heinz said.

Now she has hope to return to college and her soccer team sometime.


“I’m hopeful,” Heinz said. “It’s premature, but hope goes a long way.”

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