Country music stars call local girl battling cancer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — CBS42 first met 18-year-old Angel Eaton when her friends from Hillcrest High School threw her a surprise prom. She had been diagnosed with cancer, and was undergoing serious surgeries.

Angel had been worried that she wouldn’t be able to go to the dance.

We reunited with Angel again, when she was celebrating the fact that she was cancer free.

But now, Angel is fighting a rare form of bone cancer for a second time. When the cancer came back, it came back full force. Angel’s mother gave birth to a little girl on the same week that Angel was sent home on hospice.  Kim has continued to document Angel’s battle with cancer on the Facebook page, Angel’s Warriors, as well as her personal page. She describes the hard times in one post,saying,

“Angel is spending every second she’s awake and able with her sister, but those moments are coming less and less. She is in so much pain and she’s sleeping so much. Her heart is working so hard and she is so tired all of the time. She has some moments where she’s feeling OK and she starts in with her witty comments. Those are the times I live for and I cherish.”

“We don’t have a lot to smile about,” explained her mom, Kim Eaton to CBS 42.  “She’s in a lot of pain. She gets very frustrated and very agitated. She doesn’t know where she is a lot of the time.”

In the days that have followed, the people who love Angel have spent a lot of time with her, doing some fun things. But on Thursday morning, Angel was woken up by a phone call that she wasn’t expecting. On the other end–her favorite country music band.

“I was like, you’ve got a phone call, do you want to talk?” Kim explained.  “She was like ‘huh?’  And so I said, ‘Baby, Florida Georgia Line is on the phone,’ and man–her eyes popped open.”

Kim says music has always been an important part of both of their lives–even more so, now.  “Music is like her way to cope,” she said.  “When she’s had a hard time…when things get really tough, especially with treatment and stuff, she puts her headphones on and she starts listening to music.”

As for Angel’s telephone call with Florida Georgia Line (which was recorded; you can see it, below) Kim said it was something that brought a smile to her daughter’s face. “That’s all I care about.”


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