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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:14 pm

A San Tan Valley girl is at risk of losing her best friend. It’s a friend who was with her during the worst of times.

Ellie Yar was diagnosed with a brain tumor about a year and a half ago. "I had surgery then radiation treatment," she said.    

Ellie, like many girls her age loves horses, and wished to have one of her own.

"When she got her diagnosis I thought I have to find a way to get her a horse," said Claire Yar, Ellie's mom.

As Ellie was recovering, another shock came for this family when Claire was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

"It's a curable type of cancer but I remember thinking this is just not the time," said Claire.

A few months later as both worked through their recoveries, came "Johnny" a 12-year-old horse. 

"Johnny" is actually Ellie's "Make-A-Wish" horse.

"He is so therapeutic," said Ellie. "He helped me regain my balance."

Make-A-Wish also donated a years worth of finances to pay for Johnny's expenses. The year is now up and the family is trying to figure out how to keep him.

The community has stepped forward with some donations and the family is still trying to raise funds.

They are trying to organize a fundraiser rodeo on Friday, May 23rd in Queen Creek to benefit Make-a-Wish.  

"We are so thankful for the horse community out here who have helped us so much," said Claire. "I can't imagine not having Ellie in this environment."

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