It’s only been two months since six year old Layla was diagnosed with a rare strain and aggressive brain cancer called Anaplastic Supratentorial Ependymoma Cancer.
And all she wants to talk about is her dog
“My puppy is 6 years old.”
She loves animals, travel, and loves the water.
“You have to go all the way over there.”
So her Dad wanted to create a meaningful Gofundme
“It’s Layla, it’s other kids of course it’s the planet and the animals she loves.”
It’s turned into a fundraiser which will raise money for research at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and also for animal charities of Layla’s choice.
“She said that she doesn’t want this to happen to any other kids.”
Layla has already had two brain surgeries to remove the tumor, tissue was donated to Rady’s for a study.
“They cut it the same way they did the second time.”
She’s had radiation and chemo in December to help stop the spread of the cancer
“Did you know that most kids can’t sit still for radiation and I don’t have to go under anesthesia for radiation.”
She’s already spreading kindness a couple of boys in Bozeman Montana heard about Layla and started a lemonade stand.
“The world needs more leadership and more leaders and we’re trying to lead in such a way.”
And another way Layla is giving back she is one of 60 kids in San Diego County who is part of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial for kids ages 6-11.
“I think it’s important for other parents to hear from parents who were part of the trial to say you know what, it went pretty smoothly for us.”
Giving back may be Layla’s best medicine because her love of exploration is what may keep her alive.
That Gofundme to help Layla fight this cancer and reach her goal of helping others has already raised more than 62 thousand dollars toward the 100 thousand dollar goal.