Local student to represent SC at Children's Miracle Network Celebration

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - WIS is following the journey of a special Midlands girl and her family.

Hannah Bilton from Orangeburg is in Disney World to represent South Carolina at this week's Children's Miracle Network Celebration. WIS received the exclusive invitation to travel with them, and share in the excitement.

We first met Hannah Bilton one year ago. The Edisto Elementary student was doing her best in the classroom while fighting a battle with leukemia.

Hannah began treatment at Palmetto Health's Children's Hospital in February, 2006, receiving chemo, bone marrow biopsies and spinal taps. And she was only in kindergarten.

All of this occurred while her mother, Wendy, was battling breast cancer.

In just nine days, mother and daughter received a double dose of bad news.

"God gave it to me first. We have that bond," said Wendy Bilton at the time.

Fast forward to today and the Bilton ladies are in remission.

Eight-year-old Hannah is still getting checkups at Children's Hospital.

Hannah and her family's courage is why she is representing South Carolina and Palmetto Health Children's Hospital at this week's Children's Miracle Network Celebration.

"I'm very excited to be going to Orlando and to meet the president," Hannah said.

Hannah is headed to Disney World, and then it's off to Washington DC. It's the trip of a well-fought-for lifetime.

"Hannah's doing great. She's been off therapy for almost a year now and we think she will go on to live a healthy happy adult life."

The journey is just one of many she has ahead of her.

News 10's Hannah Horne will have exclusive reports with Bilton family while they are in Orlando. Throughout the week, we'll follow their exciting adventures.

We are also following along online with updates on


Posted by Bryce Mursch