One Wake County girl battling cancer is hoping her float in the 2022 Apex Rotary Christmas Parade raises awareness for childhood cancer.
Lakelynn Markham is a nine-year-old third grader at Buckhorn Elementary in Holly Springs, N.C. She was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer when she was three.
“She was diagnosed in December of 2016,” mom Leslie Atalese-Markham explained through tears. “With a very rare form of cancer. It is in less than .02% of cancers. And it’s basically a soft tissue sarcoma that is driven by a gene mutation that doesn’t respond to standard forms of chemo. So prior to this clinical trial, there were no options for kids like her.”
It took time to diagnose, but, doctors were able to help Lakelynn enroll in a clinical trial in Boston. For years, the third grader has been receiving daily chemo treatments and every three and a half weeks she has to travel to Boston for treatment.