Mya is the older of two siblings. She was a darling and precocious little 5-year-old attending Kindergarten in 2007, when one of her teachers noticed her neck seemed quite swollen. Mya was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma*, (T-3, Stage 3). She was hospitalized immediately and began a two year intensive chemotherapy protocol of treatment. In 2009, Mya was 7 years old, and nearing the end of her treatment, when she was diagnosed with a secondary cancer, a Leukemia. The treatment of her lymphoma caused her to acquire Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia*, an aggressive form of leukemia that required a Stem Cell Transplant. Mya began an even stronger dose of chemotherapy treatments, and full body radiation for her bone marrow transplant in November of 2009. She remained the same bubbly little girl, went to cancer camp in the summer of 2010, was happy to return to school and the soccer fields in the fall. Mya helped us Make Some Noise last fall, at our Rockin' the Boardwalk event, and we can't wait for her to join us again! In January, 2011, with seven months remaining on her AML treatment, Mya relapsed, and began her third battle against cancer. She is her family's hero - never stumbling, never failing, and having the strength to carry her family through each day.
* Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, (NHL,) are a group of about a dozen cancers that are found in the lymph system. The Lymph nodes protect a body from infection. The specific type of cancer cells found determine which sub-type of NHL a child has and what their treatment protocol will be.
* Acute Myeloid Leukemia, (AML), is a cancer of the myeloid cells, which starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the blood. These cancerous cells begin as blasts that do not develop correctly, then multiply out of control, crowding out good blood cells. AML can spread to the lymph system and other vital organs, and occasionally manifest itself as a solid tumor.