Cancer survivor praised for efforts helping others


INDIANAPOLIS - A 10-year-old Indianapolis girl who has twice survived a rare bone cancer is being praised for her efforts to help other children diagnosed with cancer.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman on Wednesday presented a Hoosier Rising Star Award to Tatum Parker, who provides backpacks full of activities to nearly every child in Indiana diagnosed with cancer.

The Hoosier Rising Star awards are given to Indiana children who make a difference in their communities. Skillman says she's amazed by what Tatum has overcome and achieved.

Tatum founded a nonprofit organization called Tatum's Bags of Fun to distribute games, toys and activities to children with cancer. She holds fundraisers and speaks at events.

Skillman's office says about 250 to 300 children in Indiana are diagnosed with cancer each year.

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