Maya is 11 years old & she is just finishing up her sixth grade year of middle school. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on October 12, 2012 and has about 3 months left of her frontline treatment before beginning maintenance treatment. It is a long, difficult haul and our whole family has learned the meaning of counting our blessings. Maya has been known as a “Strong Girl” since her treatment started–we gave her that tag name on her Carepage & it has stuck, and her motto is the words of a Bob Marley song that she had learned just prior to getting sick “Everything little thing is gonna be alright”. Throughout the arduous treatment, she has attended school whenever possible, maintained straight A’s, continued to dance whenever her body will allow her & persisted in her passion for fashion designing. Maya’s family, friends, school & community have been amazing supports and at times, Maya is the one that keeps everyone else going. She shaved what was left of her hair to raise money for St. Baldrick’s and ended up being the top fundraiser in a shave event with over 900 participants (she raised over $7,000). There are hard days, but she finds a way through them and is so compassionate for other children going through the nightmare of cancer.