At just 3 years old, it’s hard to imagine everything that Lacy has already gone through. Her parents began to worry when they noticed that she was having difficulty walking and was sleeping most of the day. Despite going to many specialists, they could not identify what was causing these symptoms in Lacy. Finally, her pediatrician told them to see a neurologist, who recommended she get an MRI.
The day she was supposed to get the MRI, Lacy was feeling as weak as ever, and the radiologist recommended she get a CAT scan instead so she wouldn’t have to be put under anesthesia. What the scan revealed left even the doctors in shock; Lacy had an 8 cm. tumor occupying the entire back part of the brain. Once the tumor was removed —a process that required two long surgeries— Lacy was diagnosed with cancer, and had to start chemotherapy.
After six months of chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant, today Lacy is cancer free and going to therapy to help her get stronger each day. Lacy may be small, but she has a fighting spirit, which is why we named her this year’s 5K Hero. Her story is an inspiration and testament to the strength all of our patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have. Join Lacy and her family on Sept. 16 at the MCHF5K to support patients like her!
Watch the video below for a special message from Lacy.
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