Team Myalee Fights Cancer with Scot & Brandi

For: Myalee Jacklyn McArthur
Organizer: Friends & Family of Myalee
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The Story

On May 13th, 2012 Brandi and Scot announced to the world that their “Little Bean” would be arriving December 4th, 2012. On November 9th, 2012 a “perfect little bitty”, Myalee Jacklyn McArthur weighing 5 lbs. 10oz., and 18 ¾ in. decided to say hello to the world on her own terms. Congratulations, well-wishes, and prayers poured in from all over to wish this little angel a very warm welcome. Proud brother Mason could not hold in his happiness and little Mya had him wrapped around her tiny fingers from the start. In fact, she had everyone captivated from first sight!

By December 12, their “little porker” clocked in at an amazing 9lb 1 oz! Needless to say, she was a strong, healthy baby! By January 17th, she was up to 11lb 3oz. Mya celebrated her six month birthday by showing the world her first tooth!!! The little peanut was growing up way too fast, and melting hearts in the process.

In September of 2013, family and friends were shocked to hear the news of Mya having “infected lymph nodes.” She endured surgery to biopsy the lymph nodes, and it was found to have been Neuroblastoma; a malignant tumor. Soon, baby Mya would be scheduled for more tests and another surgery. While the removal of the tumor was thought to be a success, by the end of October we found more enlarged lymph nodes. Yet again, the little trooper had to undergo another biopsy. Neuroblastoma was back. Mya will be undergoing more tests, port placement, and unfortunately chemotherapy.

Her family and friends want to do all that we can to support our little angel, and her Mommy and Daddy. Please do whatever is in your hearts to help. Prayers, thoughts, donations, food… ANYTHING! The support is what is getting everyone through this difficult time. As Myalee’s first birthday approaches, let’s give her the best gift anyone can have… LOVE & HOPE!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Friends & Family of Myalee
Brandi: good evening everyone. It's been a very long day. She was under from 11:30 to 3:30. All went well though and she woke very peacefully this time after surgery. We are all settled in our room now. (which by the way are pretty nice, and I get an actual bed to sleep in). She is a little uncomfortable from some pain, but other than that she is doing well. She's now passed out from all the time being under and all the meds. Not sure how long it will last. We spoke to the oncologist. We don't really have an answer from the scan yet. She reads something different than the radiologist reported. So she is going to go over it with them first thing in the morning. We will know more than. They will come in the morning to talk and teach us all we need to know and essentially go over everything. Then sometime early afternoon we will start the chemo. Hoping to get a few hours sleep before the next few days were facing coming up. I'll post another update tomorrow after all is started and I get a moment. Keep her in your prayers that she won't be too sick. Goodnight all 

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Friends & Family of Myalee
Message from Brandi (Mommy) 11/13/13 at 1:00PM
Hello everyone. Today is the first day that starts the long, bumpy road we have ahead of us. This is the most terrifying and heartbreaking experience I've ever encountered. Our little Mya J is a fighter and a trooper. She has been my true inspiration through all this so far. She really is my angel of hope. At the moment she is getting a MiBG scan. This will show us if any of the cancer has
spread through her lymph system to other parts of her body or her bones. She then will go to the OR to get a mediport placed in her chest. Through this she will receive the chemo treatments and they do the blood draws through it so they don't have to poke her all the time. The port is a small circle placed under the skin in her chest. It has a tube that goes into a blood vessel that is connected to the right atrium of her heart. Then after the port placement while she is still asleep, they are doing a repeat bone marrow. We will be admitted after all the surgery is over. She will be starting her chemo tomorrow. She gets three days in a row of the chemo treatment, one treatment a day. We will most likely be here till Sunday. I will make a post later this evening to update everyone on how she is feeling. She will be pretty sore. I also want to sincerely thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your love, support, thoughts, prayers and donations. It means the world with how much this little girl is so loved 

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Friends & Family of Myalee
Just to give everyone a quick update: Mya has her port placement and PET scan tomorrow (Wed) to determine where the cancer is. She is then scheduled start chemo directly after the scan. Lets give a few extra thoughts and prayers for her tonight as she starts into her journey tomorrow.

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Friends & Family of Myalee
From Scot McArthur (Daddy)  -- 11/9/13 9:05AM
1 year ago today my life was forever changed. A little angel came into my life. When she smiles it lights up my world and a laugh that's contagious to hear. All I see is love when I look into her eyes. She brings out the best in me. It's been a roller coaster of emotions the latter half of this year. I can not ever thank everyone enough for all the support and donations we are receiving and the blessings keep on pouring in. We are truly blessed as a family to have such wonderful family and friends to help us through this journey. Thank you all it means a lot and I truly appreciate your love and support. Happy birthday princess

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Friends & Family of Myalee
This is some info on Neuroblastoma, as many people do not understand what this is since it is a rare form of cancer.


Most people have never heard of neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always occurs in infants and young children. It's actually the most common type of cancer in infants, but it's still rare enough that many doctors have never cared for a child with neuroblastoma.

Although neuroblastoma sometimes forms before a child is born, it usually isn't found until later, when the tumor begins to grow and affect the body. When neuroblastoma is diagnosed in infancy, the chance of recovery is good.

About Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is a rare disease in which a solid tumor (a lump or mass caused by uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth) is formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts. Normally, these immature cells grow and mature into functioning nerve cells. But in neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells instead.

Neuroblastoma most commonly starts in the tissue of the adrenal glands, the triangular glands on top of the kidneys that produce hormones responsible for controlling heart rate, blood pressure, and other important functions. Like other cancers, neuroblastoma can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, skin, liver, and bones.

In a few cases, the tendency to get this type of cancer can be passed down from a parent to a child (familial type), but most cases of neuroblastoma (98%) aren't inherited (sporadic type). It occurs almost exclusively in infants and children and is slightly more common in boys than in girls.

Children diagnosed with neuroblastoma are usually younger than 5 years old, with the majority of new cases occurring among those younger than 1 year old. Only about 700 new cases of neuroblastoma are diagnosed each year in the United States.

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Friends & Family of Myalee
Mya; Her surgery is done, and we are at home. They just did a simple removal of one node. The enlarged lymph nodes have tumors, so it is her cancer, the neuroblastoma. She is going to need chemo. We go in next week to get a scan, check her bone marrow again, and put a port in her chest. She will probably start the chemo that night as well. It is three days of treatment every three weeks for four times. The first time she will be admitted, then after that we have the choice if we want to do inpatient or outpatient when she gets her treatments. Once she gets the scan, they will do a re-staging and we will know more of what we are up against and all that. She is in some pain, but is doing well and being her normal, precious trooper self that she has been through all this. We are heartbroken, but doing ok. Our angel is a tough one so we are trying to be as positive as we can through this very hard time

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