Pass the Cash - June 17, 2015: 3-year-old Vannah - News, Weather & Sports

Pass the Cash - June 17, 2015: 3-year-old Vannah

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Susan Whitlow (Source: WAVE 3 News) Susan Whitlow (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You never know what life will bring and sometimes you never know how to survive what it has sent your way. This week we met a family trying to loosen the grip of cancer and the affects it is having on their family and their pocketbook.

“I met Vanna through her grandfather who asked me to pray for her,” Susan Whitlow said.

Savannah, or Vannah for short, was born August of 2012, but at just 3 years old she is fighting for her life.

“She had something like a little seizure at home and they rushed her to the hospital,” Susan said. “They found out she had this tumor in her brain.”

The family had a diagnosis but had no idea the toll the battle would take on them all. Seven months later they are still at Kosair Children's hospital.

Susan said, “I feel bad that she has to be there 24/7.”

Vannah's mother must also be there 24 hours a day.

“Vannah is her youngest child. She actually has six children,” Susan said.

A single Mom of six with more bills and problems than she can count – it was time to start counting and Passing the Cash to help Vannah and her family.

We started with $300 dollars from WAVE 3 News, then another $200 from Lazer Blaze, plus an anonymous donation brought the total to $800.

With balloons and cash in hand we strolled to Kosair Children's Hospital like a Pass the Cash prize patrol, only to find out it had not been a good day. Vannah's Mom could not come down to the lobby to meet us, but Vannah's oldest sister Courtney took a break to join us.

“I know you're going through such a tough, tough time. I want you to hold out your hand. I'm gonna count this out to you,” Susan said as she passed the cash to Courtney.

Courtney had not met Susan and she had no idea what was going on.

“(This is) More than fantastic, but I'm very confused,” she said.

For Vannah's family right now just about everything is confusing and, “Crazy. It's hard watching her be so sick all the time,” Courtney said.

Even getting Savannah home when she's released will be a battle.

“She can't go home until we re-do a good portion of the house so we have to get the ducts clean,” Courtney said. “We have to re-do the carpet and stuff in the basement. Just to make sure she doesn't get sick.”

But at this moment maybe a few hundred dollar bills can give a few hours of peace.

“I don't know what to do right now,” Courtney said.

Someone started a GoFundMe page for Vannah called Safe Place for Vannah.

If this story has touched your heart and you can clean the ducts in the family's home or replace the carpet so Vannah's chances of getting sick are lowered when she does get to leave the hospital you can contact Dawne Gee by calling the WAVE 3 newsroom.

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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