5th Grader with Cancer Finds Bone Marrow Match

Posted at: 02/11/2014 10:53 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- For most kids, putting on a sweatshirt isn't a problem. But 12-year-old Lacey McClain moves a little slower. She doesn't have much strength. Just 4 months ago, Lacey was diagnosed with cancer.

"It was very emotional. It's not something that you ever think you're going to end up going through," says Lacey's mom Crissy Jurrens.

Lacey has T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It's a type of blood cancer.

Lacey says, "I've been trying to stay positive."

Lacey went from an upbeat 5th grader who played softball, to a little girl in and out of the hospital.

"Chemotherapy is the hardest part. It makes me sick and weak," Lacey says.

Doctors told Lacey's family she needed a bone marrow transplant. Her parents weren't a match, so five weeks ago, Lacey was put on the national bone marrow donor program.

At a doctors appointment Tuesday afternoon Lacey and her mom got the news they didn't expect. They found a match.

Lacey's mom says, "It's kind of a relief knowing there's a light at the end of the tunnel."

Lacey's donation will come in the form of blood from a woman's umbilical-cord.

And with Lacey now in remission, the hope is to soon have her completely cancer free and back to being the outgoing little girl she use to be.

Lacey is set to have her transplant in March. Her mom wants to give a huge thanks to the donor and she's encouraging others to sign up to the registry. You can do so at this link: http://bethematch.org/