Chick-fil-A and Guests Cheer on Teen With Cancer
Seventeen-year-old MaKayla Clark was born with Down syndrome, has battled cancer and faced other ailments since the age of two. Along with her heaping hospital bills and physical hurdles, though, comes an inspiring personality. The Chick-fil-A at Southridge Center in Charleston, W.Va., hosted a Spirit Night in MaKayla's honor, when the teenager was given a portion of the evening's proceeds, and Chick-fil-A and its guests were given a memorable evening with MaKayla!
"This was a simple way for us to give to a special girl," says Tom Minturn, owner/Operator of the Chick-fil-A at Southridge Center. "It makes our team feel they are part of something more than just serving a hot fresh Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich®. This made them part of a bigger purpose, and they were able to pour back into the community and pour back into another individual in her time of need."
At age two, MaKayla was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She completed chemotherapy and became cancer free. At age 11, she underwent a kidney transplant and had few complications until recently. Last fall, when sores developed in her mouth, she went through various treatments and tests, and was diagnosed with a myeloid tumor in her mouth and Post Transplant Lympho-Proliferative Disease (PTLD) in her neck region. She is now well enough to travel to and from Cincinnati for treatments.
The Chick-fil-A team created a flyer to promote the Spirit Night, and MaKayla's friends and family spread the word via Facebook and other social media. "As soon as MaKayla came into the restaurant she had a smile that lit up the whole room," says Chick-fil-A Team Member Traci Pierson. "The strength of this young lady is so inspiring. Throughout life's challenges, MaKayla has positively cheered for those in her life. Now it's our turn to return the favor and cheer for her. Our Team Members were very excited about this event and the opportunity to help MaKayla and her family. It was rewarding to see how many people in the community came to support her."
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