CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Today, September 26, Ashley Burnette is a smiling 11-year-old, proud of her hula-hooping skills. (She can walk while hula-hooping!)
Never in a million years would you be able to tell Ashley's bone marrow used to be 100% full of neuroblastoma. Ashley had a large tumor on her right adrenal gland, another tumor near her spine, bony lesions from head to toe and an enlarged lymph node in her neck.
If you're one of those who doesn't like to read these #MollysKids stories "because they're too sad", you have nothing to worry about.
Ashley's story is a good one.
During her treatments years ago, Ashley realized telling her story and being open about what cancer is like for a kid would help other kids like her. So, even though she's now healthy, she takes every opportunity to hang with children still hospitalized.
She also raises awareness at childhood cancer events.
In fact, Hyundai Hope On Wheels (Motor America) named this Raleigh girl their National Youth Ambassador this year. They use Ashley as the face of the organization.
"I've lost too many of my friends over the past few years to cancer," this bubbly 11-year-old said. "We need to find a cure. I want to do anything I can to help make that happen."
Maybe you know by now… I dig it.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness (ACTION) Month.
You can read more about Ashley's story HERE.
**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.**