About this time last year, Hayley Hattaway, a 24-year-old Oxford resident and Walmart employee, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. Despite the diagnosis, she maintained an upbeat outlook. “I’ve always had a positive attitude,” she said. “I wanted to fight and was determined to beat it.”
She set a goal for herself. Once she was cancer-free, she wanted to go to “the happiest place on Earth” — Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. “I told myself if I could just push through another treatment, I was that much closer to going,” she said.