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Despite serious diagnosis, area athlete continues to win on and off the court

Despite serious diagnosis, area athlete continues to win on and off the court

"Taylor Hardin had big plans for her junior year of high school.

A stand-out basketball player, a few of her goals included scoring her 1,000th career point and seeing her team go to state.

Both of those things happened, but it wasn't without a lot of struggle and hardship.

In September 2018 Taylor, 16, went in for a regular check-up and unexpectedly her pediatrician decided to do blood work. Those tests revealed that Taylor had idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a blood disorder that leads to bleeding and excessive bruising due to low levels of platelets, the cells that help blood clot."

- By Ashley Gardner, Texarkana Gazette.  Photo by Hunt Mercier, Texarkana Gazette.

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