Malia is 4 years young and loves horror movies, pony rides, soccer and Disney. She is everything innocent, brave and beautiful. Malia was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer, a few months shy of her third birthday. Her tumor was found next to her kidney and had metastasized into her bones and bone marrow. Immediately following her diagnosis, Malia’s family left Florida to get the best treatment for their beautiful little girl at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her treatment included chemotherapy, surgery to resect the tumor, a stem cell transplant, removal of a kidney, 12 rounds of proton radiation and countless blood transfusions.
Malia’s momma shared with us “Malia is tough. It takes 3 nurses and her parents to do tests, get blood, you name it; we know she’s a fighter. She can’t wait until she’s cured, so she can: play with friends and not worry about getting sick, so she can run around a playground, not fear getting a cut and so she can live the carefree life that every child deserves to live–so she can someday see the world.”
Malia, keep fighting. We have no doubt you will crush cancer and leave an amazing footprint on our world.
Our heartfelt thanks to Heidi of Heidi Hope Photography for her continued support to our Foundation in more ways than behind the lens.