Myla was diagnosed with an aggressive form of rhabdomyosarcoma in 2015 and began chemo treatments only three days later. After being diagnosed, she had to leave behind her friends at school in Penticton and spend a year being moved between hospitals in Seattle, the Lower Mainland and Okanagan, to battle her cancer. She stayed strong throughout this process, even when she had to spend Easter in the hospital and when her love of activities like gymnastics had to be cut short. Finally, after a very challenging year, doctors announced that Myla was cancer free.
In April, Myla flew with her family to Disney World to stay at the Give Kids the World Village thanks to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and was given the chance to meet her favourite princess, Belle. This trip was just as much of a celebration as it was a fresh start, as the family got to spend some much needed time together where they could focus on having fun as Myla regained her energy. For a girl who always loved gymnastics and playing with her sister, nothing could be more special. She got to ride on the roller coasters and explore the wonders of Disney including all the fabulous hairstyles of Belle and the other princesses.
Now she is 7 years old and has hopes of one day becoming a hairdresser – maybe one day Myla could be the hairstylist for all the princesses at Disney World!
Now that she is home, Myla is eager to get back to doing all the things she loves, including returning to school and learning more math. She has even ventured back out onto ski hills and ice rinks. Her advice to other kids battling cancer is to “stay strong like I did.” Myla has proven her strength ten times over and now she’s ready to take on the world as a healthy and active young girl.