MICHAEYLA

Meet 12 year-old Michaeyla, who is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Michaeyla's parent Michael shares:

"Michaeyla was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on January 9, 2015. She spent most of the time from January until June receiving high dose chemotherapy at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA. In June she had a limb salvage surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in D.C. After her surgery, Michaeyla returned to CHKD where she continued chemo until it returned in October of 2015. The cancer returned at its original site and in both lungs. She then traveled to St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, TN where the doctors were reluctant to let her into a clinical trial. She then exhausted all possible CHEMO drugs so it was back to chemo for more chemo.

Finally, in March of 2016 we found a combination oral chemo regimen which stopped the progress of the cancer. These drugs were not to cure her but to prolong her life. The drugs were only supposed to work for 6-9 months and not shrink her cancer. Well over a year later, they are still working and shrinking her cancer, too. Through all of this time, Michaeyla has missed vast amounts of school and free time due to treatments, hospitalizations and side effects. The whole time she has been connected to family, friends and school through Hopecam. Without these vital social connections I believe she would have stopped fighting long ago. The hours of communication and entertainment Hopecam brings are invaluable."