By: Sabrina Ahmed
"We're going to keep fighting for Leyna as long as Leyna's up for the fight," this young girls' parents said.
She's only a year and a half old, and she's in a battle for her life against stage four cancer.
The Lincoln community is stepping up to help a family as their youngest of six kids battles a very dangerous and extremely rare condition. While her brothers and sisters are running and playing and being the kids they're supposed to be, little Leyna is spending her days and nights in the hospital as everyone hopes she gets better.
Now, a local gym is stepping up to help and asking you to get involved!
Princess Leyna is what people call her. She's a kind, gentle girl fighting a battle her parents don't know if she can win.
"Even though the diagnosis is scary and every step of this is scary, we have to believe that she is going to get better and that she's going to be cured. There's no other way to get up in the morning and keep going day to day," her mom said.
Leyna Ahlschwede is 19 months old. When her parents took her in for her 18–month check up, they learned some very scary news. She has stage four childhood cancer, called Neuroblastoma, that has advanced all over her body.
It left a cantaloupe–sized tumor in her belly. The cancer spread to her bone marrow, everywhere, even behind her eyes. Leyna doesn't really understand what she's going through. One thing is for sure. She doesn't like it.
"Even just simple things like dressing changes where she's being pinned to tables and strangers are pulling and poking on her, it terrifies her," her mom said.
Leyna's parents, Karri and Mitch, say they're focusing all of their attention on cancer. Family, coworkers, friends, more people than this family ever expected have stepped up to help.
One fundraiser is at Goodlife Fitness. Friend and owner Steve Auxier will host a 5–K run on April 27th. They are also making donations as a part of their 10 week shred challenge. For all competitors, for every one pound lost, the gym will donate one dollar to the family.
"Each day. Every pound counts. This is a great way for you to fuel your fire for motivation to step up on your own fitness journey to help out a little one that's in need right now," Auxier said.
Leyna is one round of chemotherapy down and has as many as seven more to go. Steve at Goodlife said if he can make life even a little easier for this family, he's all for it.
There will also be another fundraiser on behalf of the family. Click here for more information.