Local 5-year-old girl ‘never frowns’ despite leukemia diagnosis

CORNWALL, Ont. – Sometimes, people smile in the face of adversity.

Laycey Lafave, of Cornwall, is an example.

As the five-year-old girl undergoes chemotherapy treatment at CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), her parents have recognized that the Cornwall area eagerly take care of its own.

A GoFundMe page and several fundraising events are underway.

“I’ve never seen a community come together like this so quickly,” said Shaun Lafave, the brave young girl’s father.

Lafave said it started as back pain and flu symptoms. Laycey’s mother, Kayla Snyder, took her to the Cornwall Community Hospital for blood tests, which indicated she had a low red blood cell count.

Shortly after, Laycey was diagnosed with leukemia at CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) on April 1. With chemotherapy, childhood leukemia now has a survival rate in the range of 90 per cent.

For more information about the upcoming fundraising events in support of Laycey, visit www.gofundme.com/fight4laycey and join LACEY LAFAVES FIGHT group on Facebook.

More to come.


According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), leukemia begins in a cell in the bone marrow. The cell undergoes a change and becomes a type of leukemia cell.

Once the marrow cell undergoes a leukemic change, the leukemia cells may grow and survive better than normal cells. Over time, the leukemia cells crowd out or suppress the development of normal cells. The rate at which leukemia progresses and how the cells replace the normal blood and marrow cells are different with each type of leukemia.

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