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Teen cancer survivor beats disease then competition

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She's battled brain cancer, months of chemotherapy and countless surgeries. Hannah Greene nearly lost it all, including the dream of a brilliant art career. But the Middle Tennessee teen pressed on and now her dream is one step closer to becoming a reality. 

Hannah Greene has always had an eye for art. The 16-year-old loves to draw, paint and sketch. But 12 years ago a diagnosis of brain cancer nearly sidelined the teen's career and silenced her talent.

"She has double vision in the right eye, deaf in the right ear and arm and hand just lost control," said Hannah's mother, Brandee Greene.

Hannah Greene herself recalled, "I had to learn to use my left hand."

Essentially she had a stroke following one of her countless surgeries. She lost control of her right side and the hand she drew with. Hannah Greene had to re-learn everything including how to draw.

"It was part of what they did in occupational therapy ... she would draw and color and paint and when people would come visit that's what she would give you," Brandee Greene explained.

She did so well in therapy, she took the second place spot in this year's Wilson County Fair art competition.

"I'm very thrilled that I won and people like what I do," Hannah Greene added.

Hannah Greene won for her Black Carousel. But this isn't her first time. Last year she won a blue ribbon.

"We're proud of her. She loves Tim Burton, her big dream would be to work with Disney or Pixar one day," Brandee Greene beamed.

A dream that, thanks to doctors at Vanderbilt Hospital, and this teen's resolve is now quite possible.

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