PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Family and friends showed up outside of Children’s Hospital Sunday to show their support for a girl battling cancer.

McKenzie Swope, 11, is currently going through her third round of chemotherapy for Leukemia.

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Swope, who is from Connelsville, is still not in remission and is too ill to have many visitors at the hospital.

So Sunday, to show their support, more than 70 friends and family members gathered outside of the hospital below Swope’s room, holding orange balloons – which they released after singing a song, all while Swope looked on from her window and listened on a cell phone.

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Before they release the balloons, the girl’s eager supporters made sure to yell, “We love you McKenzie.”


Swope and her family will find out Wednesday if her chemotherapy has been effective.

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