SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A local volunteer group called Jason's House is giving cancer-stricken families the vacation of a lifetime.
Hannah Oakman is a fun-loving second grader from Aiken, South Carolina, and she's on her first big vacation in the Grand Strand. It's only the first day of the trip, and she's already rode a firetruck and sped in a Corvette. And she's not one to take it for granted. This May, Hannah was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumor, a type of cancer that attacks the kidneys. The 7-year-old has been receiving out of state cancer treatment at GRU Cancer Center in Augusta, Georgia which she calls "torture."
Jason's House is welcoming Hannah's family and 14 other cancer-stricken families to the Grand Strand for an all expense free vacation. For the last two months, the Hannah's family has been in communication with Jason's House here in Surfside Beach. As chairman, every summer Elaine Paige coordinates with 13 different hospitals in of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia to get in contact with the families of young cancer patients. She's a member of Surfside United Methodist Church where the families first arrive and where Jason's House was started 31 years ago.
Hannah's wonderful week is being put on with the help of the nearly 200 volunteers with Jason's House. They spend all summer every summer to makes sure there are Grand Strand businesses, restaurants, and oceanfront hotels to provide free hospitality for the tough kids. Their reward is the smile on the faces of kids like Hannah.