Eureka girl needs your help in battle with brain tumor

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EUREKA- A Eureka girl battling a brain tumor is in need of your help. 

Fourteen-year-old Hailey Horn has always loved animals.  She has been riding horses for the last 2 years.

"Horses are definitely her life.  She wants to be a vet when she graduates high school.  Horses give her a sense of freedom as well as the loyalty that they have," said Tori Hauger, Hailey’s mother.

"Hailey is a very sweet, caring girl who will help anybody or do anything for anyone,” said Cassandra Overson, who is a friend of Hailey.

Hailey has had headaches for most of her life, but her mother and to take her to Saint Joseph Hospital following a minor car accident in the beginning of November.  After the crash, Hailey’s headaches became more intense.

"She's the type of kid that won't take medication and I noticed her taking Tylenol, lots of it, and then she started vomiting," Hauger said.

An MRI revealed Hailey had a brain tumor, so she went to Stanford University Medical Center for more scans.

There, they diagnosed Hailey with low-grade astrocytoma after determining the tumor had wrapped around her brain stem.  On November 10th, she had surgery, where surgeons removed as much of the tumor as possible.

“She's constantly got severe headaches or nausea, vomiting.  Eighty-five percent of the day, she's been sleeping, trying to ignore the pain, they can't get the pain under control," said Hauger.    

Hailey’s sight, balance, ability to read and spell have all been reduced.  Cassandra Overson, who Hailey met riding horses, is organizing a fundraiser for later this month to help with medical costs.

"I figured bringing everybody together for her to raise money would give her the courage she needs to fight to get back on her horse and ride," Overson said.

"This is a life-long thing.  So whatever we can do to help her and make her more comfortable is what, I guess, our main goal is for," Hauger said.

The Hailey’s Hope Benefit Race will be held at the Ferndale Fairgrounds on December 20th.  The Barrel Race is being organized by Barrels By The Bay and sanctioned by Run 2 Win.  Buckles will be awarded to the winners in each division.  The race begins at noon, but people looking to prep their horses for the event should arrive at 8 a.m. In the meantime, you can make donations visiting https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-haileys-hope/260439

You can make other donations and stay updated with Hailey’s battle by visiting the Hailey’s Hope Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/952512851445426/