News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Michele Lundy (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Like most girls, Michele Lundy loves to dance, loves animals and loves playing with her sisters. But unlike most girls, Michele is doing it all while fighting leukemia.
"She was actually playing 'Just Dance' in Christmas of 2011," said Michele's father, Ron. "Michele got real tired all of a sudden, laid down on the couch and had a fever of 103.1."
The next day she woke up with a rash on her arm. Her mother, Alecia, called her pediatrician. immediately she said bring her in.
"At 9:28 a.m. on Dec. 28, they called us and said, 'We got the results, we need you to come in now,'" Alecia said. "At that point, my heart dropped to my stomach, I knew something was wrong. I never in a million years thought it would be cancer. I never thought it would happen to our family."
Michele's parents say what made it so hard was that she was only 7 years old.
"I'm 33, and it would have been easier for me to hear I had it instead of her," her father said.
"I saw him fall apart, and I thought we both can't fall apart. One of us is going to have to be strong," Michele's mother said.
Michele has another year and a quarter to go of treatment. By March 1, 2014, she will be completely finished. To help her get through the process, Michele has taken up dance.
"The Augusta West Dance Guild supports Adopt-A-Dancer from Richmond and Columbia counties," said Michele's dance teacher, Whitney Thompson. "A child who would otherwise be able to dance or take classes, they support one child from each county through dance. Michele happens to be one of those this year and she's very deserving of it. She doesn't think about what's happening to her. She just goes every day with the best intentions and the best determination."
Michele's parents want to give a big thank you to everyone at the Children's Hospital of Georgia. They say the doctors and staff have helped make the process so much easier.
"You take a lot less for granted," Ron said. "You don't worry about the little things as much as you used to. You spend more time together. You build stuff together, you watch them play with the Barbie Jeep more. It just brings more perspective."
"Donations isn't just money. Donations is physical, mental, emotional, all wrapped into one," Alecia said.
You can meet Michele and many other Miracle Children during our Children's Miracle Network Celebration broadcast on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. on My12 and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on News 12.