Honored Kid

Zayla Mitsdarffer

Zayla Mitsdarffer Kid Photo


Bonfield, IL, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

July 2013


Passed away

Treated At

Comer Children's Hospital

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My Story

Zayla was originally diagnosed with cancer when she was just 3 years old. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, "the good cancer"....highly curable. She relapsed when she was 5 years old and had a bone marrow transplant when she was just 6 years old. Fast forward to 2013, Zayla was 12 years old, had been cancer free for 6 wonderful years. It was discovered that Zayla had a cancerous brain tumor....a secondary cancer from the treatment that cured her leukemia many years before. Zayla is currently battling anaplastic astrocytoma a grade 3 glioma....or brain cancer. Her tumor, "Bob" was inoperable. Treatment included chemotherapy and radiation, which she responded very well to. A little over a year into treatment and it was discovered that bad cells were trying to form a new tumor. A different treatment plan was needed, along with additional radiation. Zayla is still fighting like a girl....and is hopeful that one day she will have her forever cure. Research is needed to make that happen!!! Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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