Young cancer survivor fulfills dream of riding horse on Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –

Here on the beach, a 16-year-old cancer survivor named Scotlyn Warnicke made her wish come true Monday. She was able to ride a horse on the beach with the help of the Cancer Heroes of the Carolinas.

Nikki Bragg, Warnicke’s mother, shares what it’s like to see her daughter in remission and enjoy life again.

“So to see her blossom as she is now, to be in remission and to be able to ride a horse again – she’s had a smile on her face since we’ve been here and it’s just a blessing to me, it fills my heart,” says to boast.

What started with a Facebook post from her mother turned into organizations that donated, helped and got involved in helping Warnicke’s wish come true.

President of the Cancer Heroes of the Carolinas, Jennifer Johnson, says she came across the Facebook post and wanted to help.

She reached out to a friend of hers in the Grand Strand for horseback riding. Johnson says she knows what it personally feels like to have cancer in a child.

“I was a single mother of three when my daughter was diagnosed and to be able to help these families and facilitate these things and take the burden off them, whether it’s bills, is just amazing,” Johnson says.

Little did Johnson know that this horseback riding experience was going to be bigger than she thought.

She reached out to several organizations throughout the Grand Strand, such as Wonder Works, Skywheel, the Alabama Theater, and Helicopter Adventures. The news started spreading and soon lunches, dinners and an apartment were donated so that this family would have a weekend they will never forget.

Warnicke, diagnosed in March 2020, has been battling cancer for 19 months. She went into remission in April 2021, but in November she will celebrate her 6th anniversary of being cancer-free.

She has her own horse at home and said her animals and activities have helped her regain her strength after all the treatments.

“It’s been a really long journey and it’s been difficult in some places, but my animals got me through it and my horse and it was just amazing,” Warnicke said.

Johnson’s organization can help families like Warnicke’s cover medical expenses for children with cancer and cancer survivors.

For more information about the Cancer Heroes of the Carolinas, click here.

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