Kempner: Teenage cancer survivor helping others battling cancer

By: Brandon Hamilton
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KEMPNER, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas family is giving back to other families battling childhood cancer. They are doing everything they can to make sure these families know there is hope.

Declan Davenport is just like any other teenager. As a freshman in high school, the teen enjoys playing golf. But, life hasn't always been this easy.

Years ago, Declan -- then 13 years old -- was fighting one of his toughest battles.

The diagnosis that he had a form of pediatric cancer was something his parents never imagined.

"It’s almost like I lost all hope. I thought I could empathize with people who have cancer or had cancer. But, I tell ya, until it happens to you or your family, it’s just unexplainable," said Declan's father, William.

Declan recently finished his cancer treatments at MD Anderson in Houston.

To help other families battling childhood cancer, his family is now paying it forward.

Through their alpaca farm, they are able to sell items such as alpaca balls -- which serves as a natural replacement for dryer sheets. The wool for the various products comes from shearing the alpacas.

The family also has their studio barn, which is located on the farm, listed on Airbnb.

Recently, the family held a painting party with the six alpacas on full display. All of the proceeds from the "Alpaca My Bags Artillery Creek Alpacas and Farm" going to help those families in Houston.

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