Jalaysha Age 5
University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital
She was only a toddler when it all began but at the tender age of 5, Jalaysha is already a strong, vibrant cancer survivor.
When she was 2, Jalaysha was diagnosed with an unusual type of ganglioneuroblastoma. In most cases neuroblastoma pushes the body’s central organs out of the way as it forms. In Jalaysha’s case, the cancer grafted itself onto her liver, her kidney and her aorta. She underwent three complex surgeries—each more than seven hours long—to remove the operable portions of the tumors. Because of its location, the remaining tumor on her aorta cannot be removed and must be monitored closely throughout her life. Jalaysha also bravely endured difficult chemotherapy treatments that spanned two years.
These days Jalaysha has more time to play with friends, have fun at school and watch her favorite Disney shows. She plans to become a cheerleader someday, a perfect fit for her sunny personality.