Molly's Kids (Sept. 4th): Belmont 9-year-old beat leukemia! - | WBTV Charlotte

Molly's Kids (Sept. 4th): Belmont 9-year-old beat leukemia!


Simply beautiful. Caleya Holland. Hers is a happy story.

Caleya is 9 years old and lives in Belmont. She’s in the 3rd grade at North Belmont Elementary. Caleya was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in August 2011 – she has been in remission since January of 2014. 


"My daughter inspires everyone she comes in contact with,” writes her mom Poarsha. “She’s joyful. She sees the good in every single bad situation even though she went through a tough journey herself.”

Caleya says she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. Why?

“Because I want to take care of people the way the nurses took care of me.”

Hopefully that makes the staff at Levine Children's Hospital smile big this Friday morning. But maybe they already know their influence… Poarsha says Caleya stays in touch with the nurses because she calls them family. 

"She wants to thank Sarah, Heather and Michelle for taking such great care of her," Poarsha writes. "They'd let her do their hair and play Barbies to take her mind off the pain."

You can tell when a parent writes you is bursting with pride. That’s how the emails came off from Poarsha. Then I happened to look at her actual email address.

Of all the emails she could come up with in the whole world, she chose to identify herself as “caleyasmommy@______”. 

Makes sense then why she said, “I am the luckiest mommy in the world. I’m grateful to be Caleya’s mom.”

Some of our September #MollysKids will uplift you with hope, some of their stories will break your heart. They're all real life. All these kids are in our backyard. I ask you to share them, do what you can to help make Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month about ACTION.

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**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids in the month of September, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page.  It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way.  For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, she features one a day.  Thirty total.  Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.**

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