Unsung Hero: Hannah's Jar

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By WSIL Reporter

HERRIN --  A Herrin woman recently lost her battle with cancer. Through their hard time, the family is trying to honor her memory with one of the youngest family members leading the charge.

"It was just magical," remembers Hannah Thrapp, "even more magical with Gaga."

Eight-year-old Hannah Thrapp remembers going to Disney World with her grandma Lori, or Gaga, last year.

"I got to meet my favorite princess...Ariel. And that meant so much to me because I got to do it with my favorite person in the whole wide world," said Hannah.
 
Lori Cox lost her battle with bladder cancer earlier this month.  Lori was only 47 but lived a life full of faith and family up until the day she died.
 
"We had so much faith. We thought we were gonna beat this," said Lori's husband John Cox,  "And I'm not saying that we didn't beat it. She's in a happier place now. She's not hurting anymore."
 
John says he misses Lori each day, but he knows that Hannah will keep her memory alive.
 
"Through Hannah she's going to live on, because Hannah is so much like Gaga," said John.
 
When Hannah found out her grandma was sick, she decided to collect donations to help others.
"Hannah's Jar" now has more than $800 worth of donations which will go to Hospice of Southern Illinois and the American Cancer Society.
 
"I think I'm inspiring a lot of people because I put my heart in this, and that's what you have to do is put your heart in this to get this much money," explained Hannah.
 
Hannah says even though her Gaga is gone, she will continue to try and make a difference. And that doesn't surprise anyone.
 
"Hannah is our grandchild that is the most giving, the most gracious kid we've ever met," said John.
 
Despite losing their mom, grandma, and wife, this family says they will keep the faith because that's what Lori would want.
 
"I know that I will see her again," said John through tears. "And it's going to be a beautiful reunion."
 
"She was just like God, no one else can take her place," said Hannah.
 
If you would like to help "Hannah's Jar", donations can be mailed to:
 
510 Van Wycke Square
Carterville, IL 62918
 
The money will be split evenly between Hospice of Southern Illinois and the American Cancer Society.
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