Syracuse (WSYR-TV) — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Every year 13,000 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease.
Six-year-old Abigail Moore, of Camillus, is entering her final phase of intense chemotherapy as she battles leukemia at The Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Seven months ago, Abby’s mom Shauna Moore found little bruises all over her daughter’s body.
“In the back of my head, I sort of knew there was something a little bit more serious because I knew that was a symptom of leukemia,” said Moore.
Her mother’s intuition was right. Just after hours of being checked out at the pediatrician’s office, Abby was rushed to the Emergency Room, diagnosed with standard risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given her first dose of chemo that same day.
“One second you’re crying,” said Moore. “Your mind is just racing, alright we got to fight, yet you’re devastated. All these emotions going through your head and you’re angry.”
Abby’s leukemia has a 90 percent survival rate. Right now, Abby is now in remission, but the chemo treatments continue.
Abby often helps, drawing her blood and holding her medicine tubes and through the pain she always seems to brighten the mood. On Tuesday, she talked about her Halloween costume, her family and Justin Bieber.