MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A dream beach vacation is becoming a reality for one deserving South Carolina family. Twin 11-year-olds Hanna and Grace Claytor were both diagnosed with thyroid cancer and suffer from brittle bone disease.
The family is spending the week in Myrtle Beach, on vacation, all made possible because of the generous hearts of local businesses.
The Claytor family from Chapin, South Carolina arrived Sunday and for the first time the twin girls, their older sister, Victoria, 13, and little brother Wyatt, 5, got to step on the sands of the beach.
"They loved it!" said Christy Claytor, their mother.
No doctor's appointment, no worries, just good family fun for the Claytor Family. "It means the world without this we never would have been able to do it," said Christy.
An all-expense paid trip to Myrtle Beach has been a joy for the twin girls. Grace was first diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer at 8 years old.
"Doctors told us there is no way Hanna would get it, don't worry about it, but we had her tested as well." Hannah would be diagnosed shortly after their ninth birthday.
The girls also suffer from brittle bone disease, a condition that makes affects their bone density and makes their bones extremely fragile. "It's very tough, lots of struggles, but we get through it with lots of praying, " said Christy with a smile.
Hanna and Grace are now in remission, but the family also had learned, Victoria, their oldest sister, now has early stages of Thyroid Cancer.
"She was diagnosed with Hoshimoto's disease which is first stages of Thyroid Cancer, so It's not if she get it, it's just a matter of when," explained Christy.
Their father, Mark Claytor, said the family has its struggles. "We get through it day-by-day. I live for the kids," he said.
On Monday, the family got spend the day at Ripley's Believe or Not Museum. The quiet twin girls enjoyed the sights of the museum, and the games at the arcade.
Jan Sitter, now a retired teacher, taught all three girls; she helped make this dream vacation a reality for the family. "Back when I was teaching, Hanna and Grace one day they shared with me that they loved to go to the beach, and just recently I found out that this is the first vacation has ever had, ever," said Sitter.
More than 50 businesses stepped up to help the family create memories for a lifetime, providing everything they need, including a free condo for the week, tickets to local attractions, free meals, and even spending money.
"This family is so deserving, they ask for nothing but prayers for their little girls that they will get better," said Sitter.
Some of the activities planned for the family this week are dinner at Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, a limo tour around the city by Ritz Limo Services, a facial and spa day for the girls at Merle Norman in Murrells Inlet, and surfer lessons provided by Eternal Wave Surf Shop.
The condo was made possible by realtors from Keller Williams Realty.
The Claytors said they are forever grateful for the support and generosity the community has shown them.
"It's amazing, amazing, all the people that have stepped up to help this happen it's amazing, this whole trip is a blessing," said Christy.
The family said the children have private accounts set up through TD Bank.
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