Local parents start support group to help critically ill children, families

When their son Mitchell was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at 3 months old, Meg McElwain and Frank Turner III had no idea what the next stage of their lives would bring.

Now, after almost seven months of treatment, the couple is starting to realize how lucky they are to have such loving friends and family, and want to aid others who might not have that vital help close at hand.

“While we were extremely shocked to find out (about the diagnosis), we quickly realized how fortunate we are to have a wonderful support system,” McElwain said. “So many families who are facing a life changing pediatric diagnosis do not have a support system.”

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