A St. Jude superstar

St. Jude patient Kayla

Nine-year-old Kayla has a million-watt smile. When it spreads across her face, which is often, it shows the light inside her that not even childhood cancer can dim.

One day in 2012 ended with Kayla crying in immense pain. Kayla’s blood showed abnormalities. That night, she was brought to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is where doctors send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers. At St. Jude, Kayla was found to suffer from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

At St. Jude, Kayla began receiving chemotherapy. St. Jude’s groundbreaking therapy for children with ALL has revolutionized leukemia therapy worldwide and increased the survival rate from 4 percent when St. Jude opened in 1962 to 94 percent today.

Chemotherapy for ALL usually lasts more than two years, which can seem like forever to a child. But Kayla has stayed positive, even during the hardest times. Two years could also add up to a lot of bills for a family facing childhood cancer. But families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

“Kayla has a great personality,” her mother says. “She enjoys life, and she is an entertainer at heart.” When Kayla grows up, she wants to have her own television show.

Entertaining is not Kayla’s only talent — she is also a gifted artist. Learn more about Kayla, or enjoy her beautiful art by showcasing it on your mobile device or desktop when you download it from their free wallpaper site.

The unpaid and underfunded staff of The Jackson Press want to wish Kayla well and our prayers are with her.

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