Carolina Forest restaurant collecting cards for local teen battling COVID-19, leukemia

Carolina Forest restaurant collecting cards for local teen battling COVID-19, leukemia
Ariel Griffith, a 13-year-old Ocean Bay Middle School student, has been diagnosed with both COVID-19 and leukemia. (Source: Lauren Hocin)

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A local restaurant is collecting Christmas and “get well” cards for a Grand Strand teen battling COVID-19 and leukemia.

Ariel Griffith, a student at Ocean Bay Middle School, started having health issues in December. The 13-year-old was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center where she was treated for COVID-19.

But the teen’s mother, Lauren Hocin, said her daughter’s condition worsened and they took her to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where they ultimately learned she had leukemia.

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At one point, the 13-year-old had to be placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

“Ariel started chemo exactly a week before Christmas. Fast forward to today, she is recovering from COVID, no longer asleep or on a ventilator and she has come to find out that she has missed Christmas, New Years and a planned annual family vacation,” Tavern in the Forest said in a Facebook post Tuesday night.

The Carolina Forest restaurant posted that Ariel is hoping to be released from MUSC in the next week.

The girl’s family is not looking for gifts, “just encouragement & holiday spirit to share with her during this tough time,” according to the post.

If you would like to send a card to Ariel, address them to:

Tavern in the Forest

attn: Ariel

4999 Carolina Forest Blvd #8

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

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