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’10 Strong’ volunteers bring smiles, hope to pediatric cancer patients

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On the 10th floor of Children's Hospital, dozens of kids are in a fight for their lives.

"Every one of us has walked the same walk, and that's why we group together and why we are passionate about it," said Beth McDowell.

MCDowell met these special families several years ago as her 16-month-old daughter, Mia, battled Stage 4 neuroblastoma.

Mia conquered cancer, and now Beth offers love and support to others traveling the same difficult journey.

Every Wednesday night, Beth and the other moms host special parties for the 10th floor.

They call themselves '10 Strong.'

The get-togethers serve as a temporary distraction from the pain and discomfort of chemotherapy.

That's why Holly Mahon and Tabatha Wright nominated Beth and the 10 Strong team for Pay It 4Ward.

"They throw parties every Wednesday, making those kids forget they are fighting cancer, making them smile again," Mahon said. "Sometimes, Wednesdays is all they look forward to."

"It's just incredible how you can take the hurt and sadness and turn it into joy and healing, can come through laughter and happiness, and Beth brings that to these kids and families," Wright said.

With the help of First Fidelity Bank, KFOR surprised Beth and the 10 Strong team with $400.

Our Pay It 4Ward recipient was touched and pledged to use the money on the children.

"We say Wednesday is the best day to fight cancer. We like to make this day up here for everybody. So, this will help immensely," McDowell said. "I told our ladies to hold off on cards, because our account is getting low, and then we have $400. It's an answered prayer. It's amazing. God's timing is amazing."

10 Strong relies on donations and volunteers to provide the weekly parties.

Braum's donated ice cream for two recent events.

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