Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Doreen Kutufam

Second Advisor

Vince Pons

Third Advisor

Brent Northup


This documentary is the true account of a little girl who was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare bone disease. McLain Thornquist found out that she had Ewings Sarcoma when she was only eight years old. Her world was quickly turned upside-down. Before they knew it, the family of five experienced the reality of chemotherapy, medical demands, and emotional turbulence. This documentary takes a deeper look at the journey the family went through and how a loving community collaborated to show innumerable love and support. McLain is a little fighter, but she proved to be nothing short of a big miracle.


McCarvel's honors thesis is a 25 minute video. An abstract accompanies the video; there is no additional text. A copy of the video is stored in the Corette Library T-drive and can be viewed by requesting help from one of the full time library staff.