Some of you may be aware of the story of Layla Grace – a brave little 2 year old from Texas who is in the final stages of Neuroblastoma (for details, read her family’s accounting of her illness on their blog: www.laylagrace.org). Due to similarity of names, many Layla Grayce customers and followers have asked us if there is a way we could bring attention to her story, and it is our honor to share this with you; to do what we can to help Layla Grace and raise awareness about Neuroblastoma.
Unfortunately Layla Grace does not have months or even weeks ahead of her. It is down to days, to hours. Her doctors have never seen anyone able to hold on for so long in her condition, but her parents have come to believe that Layla is holding on for a reason, that there is a purpose. Layla’s time with us here is coming to a close, but her story can bring a greater awareness about her cancer. Neuroblastoma is one of the most common kinds of cancer in children. It occurs most often in babies and very young children and is 70-90% curable if detected early.
We’ve been in contact with the family to learn more, to see what they are in need of. Their story is compelling and powerful, and ultimately Layla’s parents want people to learn more about their daughter and Neuroblastoma. Shanna, Layla’s mom, used to run the website Baby Wears Prada but closed her business to be with her daughter (we recently realized we shared a business connection with Shanna as we had advertised on her website a few years ago). The family faces huge medical bills not covered by insurance, and in a twist of fate, just when her family was hopeful that Layla’s condition was improving, her father was laid off work and Layla received her terminal diagnosis.
Here is what you can do to help, and what we at Layla Grayce pledge to do for both the family and the fight against childhood cancer:
- Go to laylagrace.org, read about little Layla, learn about Neuroblastoma. Spread the word about this disease, about how it is 70-90% curable if detected early. Learn what the initial symptoms are and what to look for. Early detection is the key to a higher success rate. Stage 4, which is what Layla was at the time of diagnosis has a survival rate of only 30%. Read more about this type of cancer at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center website.
- Become a fan/spread the word – we’ll donate $1 directly to the family’s medical fund for every new Layla Grayce Facebook fan that signs up through March 12th. It’s an easy way to help and to spread the word about this disease. If you are already a Layla Grayce Facebook fan, suggest the page to friends at: www.facebook.com/laylagrayce. We pledge to donate up to $10,000. We started today with 5666 fans. It will be wonderful to watch your outpouring of support for this family!
- Some of our favorite brands have partnered with us in pledging to help. Through March 12th, Layla Grayce will donate 20% of purchases from the following brands to help the cause: DwellStudio, Little Giraffe, Newport Cottages, Oopsy Daisy Baby pettiskirts and Skip Hop. From those sales, we will donate 50/50 to the family’s medical funds and the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.¬? Click into the links below to shop any of these lines.
We have been so touched by this story. Please keep the family and little Layla Grace in your thoughts and prayers, and please join us in supporting this special cause.
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