Payton is no ordinary 8 year old. This girl….this girl right here is a brand-new FIVE year survivor of AML (Leukemia) as of October 8th, 2013! Diagnosed two months after her 3rd birthday, Payton fought hard to get through her countless treatments at SUNY in Syracuse and is now considered in remission. Payton is from my hometown of Taberg-NY and when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, I learned of Payton’s fight and she instantly became a beacon of HOPE for us to follow. When she came to my farm for photos she was every bit the picture of health….she was glowing! But don’t get the wrong idea. This girl is not normally in fancy dresses. Payton plays hockey… and she’s really good at it! When I asked her what position she played she instantly said, “Defense!” My kind of girl! Payton loves baseball and the color orange (may have something to do with NY’s college team, The Syracuse Orangemen…Go Orange!) and when she is not playing hockey she loves to go camping, and play with her brother and sister. Keep on rocking, Payton! You are our little hometown beacon of HOPE and now you can help shine your light for many more to see and follow!