SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - Today is September 7. Tomorrow Miss Kaleigh Gullatte from Shelby turns eight years old.
When Kaleigh was two, she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive ALL.
"Tomorrow we are going to celebrate the beautiful life of my daughter Kaleigh AND her being cancer-free," says proud mom Iman Homesley. "Kaleigh is still healthy, growing fast, and sassy… very sassy."
Kaleigh says she wants to be the first girl in the men's NBA.
"She wants to make a difference in the world," Iman says. "I know she will."
You might remember reading about Kaleigh last year. (Go here to check out her sassy picture then! >> http://tinyurl.com/psfzzgh). At that time her mom said, "When we heard she had cancer I thought my entire world was over. Then Kaleigh wiped tears from my face. She whispered to me she was okay."
By doctor's standards Kaleigh remains okay.
"Take THAT cancer," Iman said. "My baby is healed."
Kaleigh is one of the lucky ones, if you can say any child who gets cancer is "lucky". Everyday 46 kids are diagnosed. Every day seven children die. Side effects from treatments can last a lifetime. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, but let Kaleigh inspire you to take ACTION. There are PLENTY of fundraisers and events this month. Volunteer. Donate. At the bare minimum share these daily posts and help spread the word.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want ideas.
These local kids need our adult voices.
Kaleigh's last chemo treatment was in February of 2014. She continues to get healthier and healthier. Not only does she love sports – mostly basketball, softball and cheerleading – she also loves learning new things, reading, writing, working in her grandmother's garden and riding her motorcycle.
Riding her motorcycle. Talk about sassy in every direction.
And again, she turns 8 tomorrow.
Happy early Birthday, Kaleigh. We hope all your wishes come true.
**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.**