Crestview girl overcoming cancer

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Kevin Mayberry embraces his daughter, Layla, 2, who is receiving treatments for acute lymphoblast leukemia.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A Crestview girl is recovering from a cancer that initially scared her parents, but is common for children and is easily treatable.


Earlier this month, Heather Gary and her husband, Kevin Mayberry, noticed something was wrong with Layla, 2, their youngest of four children, following unusual behavior and mysterious bruises found on her body.

"She always wanted to be held, and when we put her down she would start crying," Mayberry said.

 Layla was taken to a pediatrician and then to a specialist at North Okaloosa Medical Center before she was transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The diagnosis devastated her parents.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL — the most common childhood cancer — occurs when bone marrow makes too many immature white blood cells that prevent healthier agents from fighting infections.

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