CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - She's 3-and-a-half and had cancer pretty much since birth. But four months ago to the day – May 19th – Ivy Riddle was given a complete all-clear on her scans.
The best news this little spitfire could hear.
We have absolutely loved watching her grow over the past few years.
At only 10-weeks-old this Dallas, NC girl was diagnosed with Stage 2 Sacrococcygeal Teratoma. That's a rare form of cancer. It appears in a tumor at the base of a tailbone. At 6-months-old little Ivy started round one chemo. She eventually had three.
"Ivy is doing fantastic," her mom Nicole says. "One of the chemo drugs she was on could have caused hearing loss, but so far her hearing is doing just fine. The only real side effect has been that she will never be permitted to scuba dive. For some reason she has always wanted to, partly I think because she's fascinated with water and fish."
Nicole says Ivy is full of spunk and imagination, something that jumps out of pictures.
"Any given day she is some sort of animal (or "nanimal" as she calls them)," Nicole says. "She LOVES to act out the 'nanimals', LOVES the color yellow and LOVES telling people she had cancer."
Ivy, you can start telling people you BEAT cancer.
Ivy has two older sisters, 9-year-old Ava and 9-year-old Ella. She has a younger brother, 2-year-old Owen, and will soon also have a younger sister, Aubree, due in November. Nicole says Ivy can't wait to meet the baby.
"30 Kids. 30 Stories. 30 Days."
What a joy to feature Ivy again, but this year call her a SURVIVOR.
Feel free to share Ivy's story. Feel free to share all these kids' stories. Even better, GET INVOLVED. There are fundraisers and events and causes that need money, time and love. As my friend Erin Santos says, make Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month about ACTION. Awareness is great; ACTION is what helps find a cure.
*Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids in the month of September, children WBTV Anchor Molly Gr antham 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.