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Students rally around friend in cancer fight
by LOUISE R. SHAW Clipper Staff Writer
Apr 07, 2012 | 750 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ISABEL HADLEY reads correspondence from her fourth grade friends at Cook Elementary, brought by the “Monkey in My Chair” that serves as a connection between Isabel and her classmates as she is undergoing chemotherapy in her second bout with cancer (above).                                    Courtesy photos
ISABEL HADLEY reads correspondence from her fourth grade friends at Cook Elementary, brought by the “Monkey in My Chair” that serves as a connection between Isabel and her classmates as she is undergoing chemotherapy in her second bout with cancer (above). Courtesy photos
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SYRACUSE — There’s a monkey sitting in Isabel Hadley’s chair, and it’s got an important job to do.

The monkey is there because Isabel can’t be.

Isabel’s between home and hospitals, being treated for Ewing’s sarcoma, and it is with the help of the monkey that her classmates let her know she’s not forgotten.

This is Isabel’s second bout with cancer, the first one she faced at just 5 years old, when she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, which affects the muscles attached to bones. Ewing’s sarcoma affects the bones.

“She was almost four years out from the first kind of cancer when we found the lump,” said her mother, Jennifer Hadley, “which suprised all the doctors very much because the chances of having a different kind of cancer were so small.”

To read more, check out the April 5 edition of the Davis Clipper.
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