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Cancer patient, 9, who was living in ‘nightmare’ homeless shelter moves into new home

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VALLEY STREAM, Long Island — A 9-year-old girl living in a filthy homeless shelter while battling cancer has moved into a new home with her mother and sister, all thanks to the kindness of friends and strangers alike who were moved by their story of strength and hope in the face of extreme adversity.

Tracy Glasgow, a single mother, said she had hit rock bottom in April. Glasgow and her daughters — 9-year-old Casey and Casey’s 8-month-old sister Lily — ended up in a city shelter.

It was a “nightmare,” she said. “As soon as we got into the apartment … roaches all over the place.”

After five days, the family was moved to a medical shelter, but it wasn’t much better. So they were forced to hop from couch to couch, staying with friends all while Casey underwent grueling treatment for leukemia and Graft Vs. Host Disease, which is caused by complications stemming from cord-blood transplant.

After PIX11 News shared their story, donations poured in and the family moved into an apartment in Valley Stream Tuesday. Their home is paid for up to 15 months in advance, Glasgow said. Casey and her mother will no longer need to climb up several flights of stairs because this new home has an elevator.

Casey’s health, unfortunately, is still the same and she makes near-daily trips to the doctor’s office and to the hospital.

The family still has no furnishings in their new home, so friends set up registries at Bed Bath and Beyond and Overstock under "Casey Bardowell and Tracy Glasgow."