In June 2013, Sarah Hershberger began chemotherapy treatment for a rare form of cancer, lymphoblastic lymphoma.

But after the first stage of the treatment Sarah’s parents, Andy and Anna Hershberger, were convinced the chemotherapy was killing her.

They prayfully chose to stop the chemotherapy treatment and pursue a more natural, holistic treatment.

Today, more than 2 years later, Sarah is alive, healthy and no longer showing any symptoms of the cancer that doctors had said would kill her in 6 months without treatment.

But this happy ending to didn’t come easy.

After choosing to stop Sarah’s chemotherapy treatment, Akron Children’s Hospital went on the offensive, seeking a court order to take Sarah away from her parents.

After the local probate court refused to violate this family’s parental rights, the hospital took their case to the appellate court.

The court ruled in favor of the hospital, awarding them “limited guardianship” of Sarah, giving them the power to force her to resume the chemotherapy that was killing her.

At that point, Sarah’s family made a decision.

“We knew we had to leave the country…” explains Sarah’s uncle, Isaac Hershberger.

The family sought alternative treatment in Mexico and Canada, exiled from their home in Ohio.  After several months, Sarah’s health improved and she showed no signs of cancer.

On September 24th, the judge finally terminated the guardianship of Akron Children’s Hospital allowing the family to return home without fear of losing their daughter.

Just last week, the family’s attorney announced Sarah is official cancer-free, “She had MRIs and bloodwork, and the judge over the last year helped facilitate at least one trip to the Cleveland Clinic. The MRIs did not show any cancer.”

Now, Maurice Thompson, the executive director for the libertarian nonprofit 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, plans to fight the laws that allow judges to remove guardianship from conscientious parents like the Hershbergers.

“It is now time for Ohio’s legislators to protect Ohio families from wayward judges,” Thompson said.