Molly's Kids: Concord 11-year-old diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Molly's Kids: Concord 11-year-old diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma
(Photo courtesy family)
(Photo courtesy family)

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Ally Davis is not your typical 11-year-old. The Concord 6th grader has one brother, is a super athlete, studies Tawkwondo and always tries to please her teachers in school.

As her family says, "Cancer picked the wrong diva to mess with".

In March this sparkling girl was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 3.

The only sign something was wrong was weight loss. She'd lost seven pounds from her doctor's check-up last November to her check-up this past March. Her pediatrician performed blood work and told her to eat more protein, dark leafy greens and take a vitamin with iron.

She went back for another check-up 4-5 weeks later. She'd lost more weight.

Her doctor referred her to a Hematologist at Levine Children's Oncology who took chest x-rays.

The family wasn't even back at their car in the parking deck yet when the doctor called them telling them to come back inside. She already had the x-ray results.

There was a large mass in her chest above her heart.

A PET scan showed four tumors total. The main was the size of a newborn's head.

A surgeon removed the tumor under her left armpit and a couple days later, she started chemotherapy.

She's in the midst of her chemo cycle now – estimates are she'll be getting those treatments for the next four months, followed by radiation therapy.

"We consider that a short but long journey ahead of us," said her dad Preston. "But we can beat it. She can beat it. As her softball team says, 'She's going to knock it out of the park'."
We have hundreds of #MollysKids, all who face uphill medical battles. It still stuns me to get an email about a "new" diagnosis of a beautiful child in our area.

But, I think you guys know by now that I try very hard to always identify these kids as MORE than just "a sick child" or "a kid with cancer". They are more than their diagnosis. So… a little more about Ally…

  • She started playing softball at 6 years old.
  • Now a part of a travel tournament team.
  • She considers her ten teammates her “sisters”. They’re all best friends.
  • She started martial arts at the age of 8.
  • One of her strong suits is having high kicks.
  • She can also break boards with her hands, elbows or feet.
  • She’s award-winning in regional and national tournaments.
  • She goes to CC Griffin Middle School in Concord.
  • Even if a grade doesn’t come easy, she never quits.
  • She often makes the Honor Roll.

Her mom Suzanne and dad Preston stand behind her proudly.


**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. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**