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Bettendorf Girl Comes Home After Months Of Chemotherapy

Updated: Jan 26, 2013 10:29 PM
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On a Saturday afternoon in the middle of winter, dozens are coming out here for one special reason. 

"We are celebrating the completion of nine months of chemo radiation and Charly's surgery," DeeDee Awbrey says of her granddaughter Charly Erpelding.  

"She is beating cancer, she has beaten cancer, and she's coming home," Awbrey says. 

Nine-year old Charly was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma last year and has been in and out of chemotherapy ever since. 

"It's been just horrible, the ups and downs, the worries," Charly's Grandfather Jerry Awbrey says, "The little setbacks the fevers, it has been one thing after another." 

Despite setbacks, her family says they've made it through with the outpouring of community support.

"It's just been unreal," DeeDee Awbrey says.

And with Charley's confidence. 

"Little Charly smiles all the time, the biggest picker upper is Charly," Awbrey says, "She'll say to me, ‘It's OK, grandma,' I'm supposed to be saying ‘Charly it's OK,' but she's saying ‘It's OK grandma." 

Saturday, dozens lined the streets wearing 'Cheering for Charly' t-shirts. 

"We're ready to welcome her home and she gets to start the next chapter," Charly's tutor Holly Moreland says.  

Family, friends, and neighbors were pouring out into the street to catch the first glimpse of Charly, waiting for months for this moment. And within minutes, Charly came home to pictures, gifts, and hugs. 

"It's very exciting, it's a lot of things, it's very good and I'm super happy to see everybody and it was very good," Charly Erpelding says.  

All a sign, they've been cheering for Charly all along.  

Charly will have to go back for regular check ups, but her dad says the chemo and surgery have all gone well and today she is cancer free.