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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Aila

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Aila
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Aila

DES MOINES, Iowa -- September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and people want you to "go gold" to show support.

A cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking and something no parent wants to hear. They instantly become part of a whole new world of clinic visits, blood transfusions, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, not to mention all the life-long side effects and impacts on the entire family.

All this month on the Channel 13 News at Five, you will see the stories of Iowa's youngest patients in the fight of their lives.

We will introduce you to 4-year-old Aila Nesbitt. Mother Amy Nesbitt said, "Aila has been in treatment for a little over a year." She’s in treatment for High Risk B-Cell Leukemia.

"Over the past year, she's taught me more strength and resiliency than I think I've learned in my life so far," said father Nick Nesbitt.

All this month, we'll talk about how the community is raising awareness, research funds, and support so families don't fight cancer alone.