Hampton Cove ‘rockstar’ battling rare genetic disorder returns home

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A beloved Tennessee Valley "rockstar" finally made a tour stop in her hometown.

Sydney Ann MacMurray was diagnosed with Fanconia Anemia in mid-February. Sydney and her family have been at the Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota for treatment since February.

On Thursday, her doctors gave her the "all clear" to finally head home to Hampton Cove.

"Sydney is better," said her dad, Kory MacMurray. "She still has the disease, but the bone marrow failure has been fixed, so she can go on and grow and do a lot of the things she's always wanted to do."

The family packed into three vehicles and one trailer to make the two-day, 1,000-mile trip back to the Rocket City.

"We were excited just to see the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, as you make that turn down I-565," said Kory.

Once the MacMurrays turned onto their street they were greeted by nearly 100 relatives, friends and neighbors, who have all become family to them.

"There were many nights when Julie (Sydney's mother) and I looked at each other and wondered how we're going to do this because we had to move up there and leave our son, Max, behind, but you look at all those people in our community and our church, it was just huge out here," said Kory. "It's just amazing the support we've had."

Sydney has to travel back to Minnesota every six months for full check-ups and she will also have regular visits with the St. Jude Clinic at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.

Sydney has been attending Hampton Cove Elementary School through the home-bound program. She hopes to return to her fifth grade classroom in January.

"Her future looks very bright," said Kory.

To learn more about Sydney and her fight, click here and here.