Breakfast Box Hero

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 9:37am

Young cancer survivor is honored by Kelloggs.

Some cereal boxes are featuring a different kind of champion this month.

On boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts are three young cancer patients.

Haley Richardson was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in September 2009.

"I was thinking I was going to die because I didn't know there was something for it," the 10-year-old remembers.

Haley went to the doctor for what her mother, Tina, thought were growing pains.

They were referred to Jacksonville, Florida's Wolfson Children's Hospital.

"We went there and found out the results," Tina says. "It's like a ton of bricks falling on you."

Days later, Haley was starting 30 weeks of chemotherapy.

She said the worst part about the treatment was losing her hair.

"Everyone staring at me," Haley said. "I thought people thought I didn't have any hair."

The doctor removed a section of her right leg three months later.

"The doctor looked at everybody and said 'I can almost guarantee that I got every bit of it,'" Tina says.

With an extendable knee replacement, Haley can now run after her dog and play with her friends on the playground.

She is using her story to inspire others.

She hopes her face on the back of Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts boxes will give other children with cancer something to believe in.

The special boxes are available at Food Lion stores and for every four boxes sold, Kellogg's has pledged to donate $1 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals like Wolfson.

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