Knox County girl with cancer opens up about fight for her life

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - A Knox County girl is opening up about her tough battle with cancer.

Last month we told you about Harley Laxton. She is the young girl that the Hazard High School and Knox Central baseball teams raised more than one thousand dollars for. For the first time, she told WYMT about how she is coping with the life-changing diagnosis.

Harley Laxton will be the first one to tell you she is an average 13-year-old, despite a tough diagnosis last November.

"It has just been normal. I am just hanging around with my friends and just having fun," said Harley.

She has a rare form of cancer in her spinal cord. A few months ago, she could run and play with her friends. But now, she has to enjoy a game of Frisbee from her wheel chair.

"It was sad but I am just trying to make the best of it," said Harley.

For Vandy Laxton, her daughter's determination to beat this disease is what keeps her going.

"Throughout the whole thing, the only thing that has changed in Harley is that she cannot walk. I mean she is strong. She is a very strong little girl," said Harley.

Laxton said Harley is an example for anyone experiencing a tough time.

"She has inspired a lot of people, especially me, with how positive she is. I know it is not easy," said Laxton.

Several organizations in the community have come together to raise money for Harley, but Laxton said she is looking for something simpler from her community.

"If they want to help, the main thing is we want people praying for Harley. We just want prayers and encouragement for Harley," said Laxton.

Harley said that is what matters most.

"Keep your faith. Keep faith," said Harley.

Laxton tells WYMT that the last time she took Harley to the doctor, they got some good news. Harley's tumor has shrunk some.

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