October 7, 2010
This weekend is the Light Of The Night walk-a-fundraiser for the Leukemia And Lymphoma Society. Alya Gard hopes she well enough to be there, because she’s fighting for her life.
Ayla Gard is a sweet six-year-old girl who is battling leukemia.
“First my arms started to hurt and then my legs started to hurt," Ayla said.
Ayla’s Mom Krista noticed her energetic little girl was exhausted.
"She started complaining arms, and we thought you are growing," Krista said. “She was walking across the floor and just dropped and started crying that her leg hurt. So I knew something serious was going on."
Krista got Ayla right into the doctor and after some blood tests, she got the phone call all parents pray they never receive.
“I went into panic mode," Krista said. “I just burst into tears and said i think she's got leukemia."
They immediately took a trip to the hospital, which lead to a 10-day stay with aggressive treatment.
“She was there 10 days, had four blood transfusions, two bone marrow surgeries and chemo in 10 days," Krista said. “We went from a perky little girl to a girl who stayed in bed moaning."
Ayla has a year left of her cancer treatments, but she has good days.
Her type of leukemia has an 82% survival rate. The Gards are very hopeful in a full recovery. But, they’ve learned to live their lives much differently now since the diagnosis.
“We have learned that life is about making memory you've got to stop and take those five minutes," Krista said
The Leukemia and Lymphoma “Light Of The Night Walk” is Saturday night at 6:00 at Exploration Place. You can register for the walk there.