COLUMBIA, MO – Most Friday nights, Sawyer Quinlan, and her family gather at Maggie’s Bar and Grill in Boonville, MO. They recap their workweeks, discuss the imminent weekend and enjoy each other’s company at their local spot. One would never guess that in the middle of this upbeat, friendly, and talkative table sits Sawyer –an 18-year-old student at the University of Missouri who is battling cancer.
In June of 2012, Sawyer was diagnosed with internal melanoma and her chances of survival were dwindling. Fortunately, Sawyer's mother, Donya, entered her into a drug trial at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The treatment she received was successful and shrunk the malignant tumor by an exceptional 97 percent! However, in order to continue to receive treatment, Sawyer and her mother must continue to fly to Houston every three weeks – creating an escalating amount of travel expenses.
Upon hearing of Sawyer's situation, Veterans United Foundation decided to interrupt the family's Friday routine and surprise them with a $10,000 check to cover Sawyer's trips to Houston. Check out the whole story here: