Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s an inspirational story of a Minnesota teen who started a program to award trophies to children who have completed cancer treatment.
Chloe Fruth started the program when she was just 10, after her cancer had gone into remission. Now Chloe finds herself battling brain cancer, but that is not stopping her from riding her horses.
Chloe is a world champion barrel racer and she is convinced her horses are going to help her beat this cancer too.
She rides every day at a rink at her home in Maple Lake. She has a large scar on her head from her two major brain surgeries that she’s had in just the past two and a half months.
A brain scan that was taken before her first surgery shows a tumor the size of a small orange. Giving up riding was simply never an option.
“I just want to be with my horses and have my fun doing it,” Chloe said.
Chloe was diagnosed with leukemia when she was four. Treatments continued for the next few years.
She never stopped racing and winning. Friends held a fundraiser for her and gave her $2500. She had an idea on how to use the money to help other kids.
“I decided that I wanted to do a trophy program with it when I was about 10,” said Chloe. “I wanted to give something back.”
The trophies have gone to hundreds of kids who’ve finished their cancer treatments. At Children’s Hospital, Chloe is a legend.
“She’s remarkable,” said her physician, Dr. Susan Sencer.
To her parents and her younger brother, Bridger, she is an endless source of inspiration.
“I am so proud of her,” said her mother Staci.
Chloe said she wanted to share this tip on beating cancer:
“I just know that a lot of fighting cancer is mental. Is being positive and not letting it bother you,” she said.
In a couple of weeks, Chloe will begin experimental treatment aimed at keeping the aggressive brain cancer from returning.
She said she plans to become a doctor and work with cancer patients so she can give back to others who are sick.