Chrissy Turner of Centerville, Utah, is fighting a battle no 8-year-old should ever have to face: the third-grader is battling secretory carcinoma, a rare form of breast cancer that affects one in a million — mostly adult — women.
She is the youngest known patient to be diagnosed with this.
The first signs emerged in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"It was about the middle of October she came to us with a lump on her chest and was scared," her father, Desert Storm veteran Troy Turner, told ABC 4 Utah News.
Chrissy's battle has already started. She will undergo a mastectomy at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
"She is the youngest that they've run across having this particular type of breast cancer," her mother, Annette, told the station. It's a struggle every day worrying about my family, about my husband and now my baby girl."
The Turner family is holding fast, but times are tough — her dad has cancer, too.
According to her family's GoFundMe page, one of the issues complicating Chrissy's treatment is the fact that her father's non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which he first fought in 2008, returned in 2011. Although it is showing slow growth, it still requires ongoing medical treatment that forced the family to declare bankruptcy two years ago.
Enough news. Enough journalism. Here's what I know.
Even if only 10 percent of our Facebook page's audience of 459,000 people gave $1 – yep, a buck – to Chrissy Turner's GoFundMe page, that would put $459,000 towards their goal of $100,000.
This is as easy, if not easier than, sending a sick kid a card ... and you've done that.
Even if you can't donate, you can share this.
I'm not under any illusion that we can save every single cancer patient in the world or that I can write an article about every sick kid in every hospital. I know I can't. I wish I could.
I'm just one writer on one website, sitting here on the day before Thanksgiving, thanking whatever powers there are for my health and the health of my family and friends.
I don't know how many people will read this or how many people are reading this and thinking they want their five minutes back.
I don't know how many people will populate the comments with things that aren't going to make a damn bit of difference.
I don't know if anything I write makes a bit of difference ... or has ever made a bit of difference.
All I know is that we live in one of the richest countries in the world and it is absolutely abhorrent that a family has to start a Web page to raise money for medical bills because their 8-year-old daughter has breast cancer.
All I know is that I can't tell people to "look for the helpers" if I'm not one myself.
All I know is that if this was my daughter, there's nothing I wouldn't do.
All I know is that this is right in front of me ... and now it's in front of you.
All I know is that we can help. Each one of us can do something.
To donate, please visit Chrissy's Alliance on GoFundMe.
Afterwards, please visit their Facebook page and tell both Chrissy and her dad to keep up the fight.
Tell them A Plus sent you to help, even if you can't donate, please leave them words of encouragement.