A routine visit to the doctor's office turned into a two-year battle with leukemia for Hannah Davison when she was 6.
Today, the Kamiakin High School senior is using her experience beating cancer to help others fighting the disease.
For her culminating senior project, which is a high school graduation requirement, Hannah decided to organize a golf tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course called Clubs for a Cure.
Proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Columbia River event.
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As golf fans across the nation watch the Masters Tournament today, Hannah will be welcoming 68 golfers for her 17-team scramble format tournament, which she hopes will raise $2,500 for cancer patients throughout the Tri-Cities.
"(The money) stays local and will help out local families and patients," said the Kennewick 17-year-old.
Hannah's wide smile, long blonde hair and easy-going personality all portray a teenager who has lived a happy and healthy life. But there was a stretch when her smile was replaced with tears, her hair so short she was teased at school and her body so weak she could not walk.
In 2001, Hannah was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia after a routine visit to the doctor. Within three hours of her diagnosis, Hannah's family had the car packed and was on their way to Seattle so she could receive treatment at Children's Hospital.
Hannah, who was in the first grade at the time, knew something was wrong with her, but she didn't grasp the severity.
"My parents didn't tell me I had cancer until six months to a year after," she said. "They never flat out said it. They just said you are sick. I wasn't oblivious to it. I knew something was going on."
During the next year, Hannah went through chemotherapy and bone marrow biopsies.
Her father, Glen Davison, remembers not being able to recognize his little girl.
"She really didn't look like my daughter," he said.
Though she looked weak and brittle on the outside, Hannah held on to her charisma and became the source of strength her family needed to continue to stay positive.
Glen Davison recalls a night when he and Hannah were lying in a bed inside a hospital room in Seattle. They were reading a book and Hannah paused for a minute to tell her dad what she had asked for from God.
"She looks at me and goes, 'I'm praying that God doesn't let any other kids have what I got so they don't have to go through this,'' he said. "I just wanted to roll over on the floor and cry. Here you look at her and she is not seeing what I see. All she cared about was someone else."
In 2003, after two years and two months battling leukemia, Hannah's cancer went into remission and has stayed there ever since.
Slowly her hair grew back, her body began to regain strength and she got back to enjoying her childhood.
Now, Hannah, who will graduate in June and head to Columbia Basin College in the fall, is taking the life lessons she learned from cancer and applying them to helping others who are sick.
For the last 10 weeks she has been organizing the tournament and seeking out donors and sponsors.
"It's a lot more work than I thought," she said. "For the last 10 weeks I haven't had a social life."
The community's response has been overwhelming, she said.
"It's really cool to experience how much love people have in their hearts and how much people are willing to donate," she said.
Hannah hopes the tournament will be successful enough that she can organize one annually. She said she thinks she has found her calling and wants to help raise money for cancer patients for a living.
Reminiscing on the lasting effects of her cancer, Hannah said there is only one thing the cancer left behind: "It made my heart bigger," she said.