For five-year-old Layla Mosley, it’s always “no biggie.” This is a saying Layla made up during her chemotherapy treatments that spread through the halls of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Nurses, doctors, and other children are inspired to be brave by the saying – and there’s even a handshake to match.
A Rare Cancer
On February 4, 2016, Layla went in for an ultrasound for stomach pains. After additional testing, doctors determined that she has Ewing Sarcoma (a rare bone cancer). Layla’s parents, Brenda and Keith, did all the research they could about her illness and tried to do everything possible to make sure she was happy, safe, and loved.
Chemotherapy and Beyond
Despite her chemotherapy, Layla is a very active child who enjoys princess movies, musicals, Chinese food, and horse riding. One of her current favorite movies is “Frozen.” The voice characters who played Kristoff and Sven even sang her a special song over the phone, to which she now knows every word. But Layla’s ability to nurture others is her most distinctive characteristic. Her mother calls her the “two- year-old whisperer” because of her connection with her younger sister and younger friends in the hospital. She loves to take care of her younger sister, Lily, and has always been a great friend and role model for her.
Compassion to Help Others
Layla’s love, compassion, and bravery doesn’t end there. She wants to help other kids with cancer when she grows up by becoming a child life specialist. “Who’s better than someone who’s already been through it?” She asks. She wants to motivate and comfort the children in the hospital by helping them understand their illnesses. Whether it’s with a “no biggie” handshake, sharing a toy, or a scooter race, she always knows how to brighten someone’s day. With eight more rounds of chemotherapy ahead of her, Layla and her parents are amazed by the support everyone has shown for her thus far, and for all the continuous encouragement and love.