DECATUR, Ga. - A Decatur couple is feeling extra grateful this Thanksgiving because their little girl has completed her treatment for cancer.
Carly Ezelle was a few months shy of her second birthday when her parents noticed she was walking with a slight limp, so they immediately took her to the doctor's office. Following some tests, Carly’s pediatrician noticed her platelet levels were very low. She was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and within a few hours, her parents learned their daughter had leukemia.
“Our world came crashing down,” mother Kacey Ezelle told FOX 5 in May 2016. “I never imagined I would ever hear that my baby has cancer.”
Carly was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), which is the most common type of childhood cancer. She began treatment immediately.
Now, at 4-years-old, Carly is celebrating being finished after more than 851 days of receiving treatment for cancer.
"She's finished!" Mrs. Ezelle told FOX 5's Katie Muse.
Ezelle said her family is overwhelmed with different emotions, but they feel most thankful for Carly's life and each day they have been given.
"Stay away cancer, you aren't welcome here," Ezelle said.
Carly's oncology team will continue checking her blood monthly for the next six months. Then, appointments will gradually become more spread out.
In the meantime, Carly is preparing to visit Orlando because Make-A-Wish Georgia is sending her to Walt Disney World. Once she's there, Carly will get to meet Cinderella in Cinderella's castle... a dream come true for many little girls!
The Ezelles hope to continue raising money and awareness for childhood cancer. Carly loves spending time at Camp Sunshine, which supports children battling cancer and their families. If you would like to donate toward this wonderful cause based in Georgia, click here.