Dream Comes True for 13-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

By KARK 4 News

Published 02/09 2014 03:05PM

Updated 02/09 2014 03:08PM

Korey Heath heads out on the court
Korey Heath heads out on the court/River Valley Leader
RUSSELLVILLE, AR (River Valley Leader) -- A 13-year-old's dream came true Thursday at the Russellville Middle School gymnasium.

Korey Heath was given the opportunity to start in the 7th grade RMS versus Dover basketball game. Korey's favorite sport has always been basketball, but since receiving a diagnosis of Medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in June of 2012, Korey has been unable to participate.

Korey began experiencing severe headaches during the summer of 2012. Doctors believed that Korey was having migraines, but treatment provided no relief. The Heaths went to Arkansas Children's Hospital for a second opinion. Doctors at ACH ordered an MRI, which revealed a brain tumor.

On June 18, 2012, Korey was diagnosed with a brain cancer called Medulloblastoma. The following day, doctors at ACH performed surgery and were able to completely remove the tumor. After the surgery, Korey went through chemo and radiation treatments for a year. Though her treatments were completed in June 2013, Korey still had to take medication daily until January 2014.

Now, Korey is medication free as well as cancer free. Other than routine checkups, Korey finally gets to lead the life of a normal teenager.

Click here to read more about Korey's big night from the River Valley Leader.

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