CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hello, sassy-pants :).
Kaleigh Gullatte was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive ALL on June 1, 2011. She was two years old.
This Shelby girl wasn't sick with fever. She wasn't tired. She just had swollen lymph nodes that concerned her mom.
Bloodwork showed Kaleigh had an issue with her white blood cells. She was rushed to Levine Children's Hospital.
"Those few days where we were waiting to hear if Kaleigh had cancer were complete agony," says her mom, Iman Homesley. "When we heard she did I thought my entire world was over, UNTIL Kaleigh wiped tears from my face. She whispered to me that she was okay."
It was from that day forward faith was their entire focus.
"And I'm thrilled to tell you now that Kaleigh is healed," Iman said. "Take THAT cancer. My baby is healed."
What a great story. Especially on a leisurely Sunday morning.
Kaleigh just turned 7 years old. She's in the first grade at Marion Elementary School. Her mom says Kaleigh doesn't sugar-coat things, is a lovable ball of energy who plays basketball and cheerleads with the Kings Mountain Elite Trailblazers, and who loves reading, working in her grandmother's garden and riding her motorcycle.
"Most importantly," Iman says, "she's an active member in church."
Kaleigh will tell you her dream is to be the first girl in the NBA.
Kaleigh's last chemo treatment was in February of 2014 – she was declared in complete remission.
"I'm thankful for it all," says Iman. "For the doctors and nurses – especially her nurse Lauren who'd make special trips across the hospital just to see her. I'm thankful for my daughter. She is my hero."
Counting today, you've got four more days in September.
Do something. Spread the word. Help a pediatric cancer cause.
This face is pretty much all the reason you need to make those four days count.
**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, 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 on here.**