Sisters Return Home After Bone Marrow Transplant

Thursday, December 20th 2007, 9:44 pm
By: News On 6

Two Green Country teens are back home Thursday night after six grueling months of treatment in Ohio. The sisters had bone marrow transplants after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports the community of Inola made sure the two had a very special homecoming.

Brittany and Cassie Sontag couldn't wait to come home. But, they had no idea what was waiting for them on the other side of their front door. Coming home to Inola seemed like the ultimate gift for Cassie and Brittany Sontag. But, an even bigger surprise was about to greet them.

Dozens of family and friends holding signs of support were waiting for the two cancer survivors. For six months they've been in the fight of their lives, battling a rare form of cancer that attacks the immune system. The teens had bone marrow transplants. They now have to wear masks to protect themselves.

“One day you'd be on top of the clouds the next day something else will happen,” said Kathy Sontag their mother.

Thursday was a good one. There were lots of friends and family and a newly renovated home courtesy of donations and fundraisers.

“I was surprised. I mean this is more than we expected, especially with the school bus with the principal. I was joking about that and when I saw it I was like oh no. We're very thankful,” said Brittany Sontag of her homecoming.

“It's like really amazing cause like I knew they cared, but I didn't think they cared enough to like build a new house and get us all stuff. I'm shocked. I love it,” added Cassie Sontag.

A local bar and grill also gave the family more than $2,000. It will come in handy, too because Kathy Sontag is a single mom who hasn't been able to work because their treatments have been out of state. In fact, the sisters have to return to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for more treatments and tests.

Watch the video: Sontag Sisters Welcomed Home