Bayleigh’s story began in 2006 when she was just 9 years old. She told her parents, “I see two mommies and two daddies.” Her parents took her to the doctor and were told that inoperable brain tumor was putting pressure on her eyes causing her to see double. It was a diagnosis that would forever change Bayleigh and her family’s life. At just 9 years old, Bayleigh had brain surgery to relieve the pressure so she could see, and the fluid in her brain was redirected with a stint that lead to her stomach. Radiation and chemotherapy would soon follow.
Bayleigh continued her journey traveling to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham which is about 45 minutes from her home where she received her treatments. Her family was always by her side, and Bayleigh built fast friendships and quickly inspired other children at the hospital.
Since her initial diagnosis, Bayleigh has endured 7 surgeries, over 150 weeks of chemotherapy and 5 ½ weeks of radiation and the deaths of several friends that also walked the road of cancer.
This film has been titled, “Dance In The Rain” to honor Bayleigh’s favorite quote that she lives by. “Live simply, love deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”
Thank you Bayliegh for being such a light in this world even though you have endured so much. Your perseverance, faith and courage are truly an inspiration!
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Sponsored by: Fotostrap
Film by: The Reason, Christopher Bartelski & David Nobles
Photography by: Seniorologie, Leslie Kerrigan
Clothes provided by: Altar’d State
Makeup by: L’Unique Makeup Artistry
Hair By: Tonie Armstrong Gilmer
Thank you Alana Rose for allowing our team to use your studio for interviews!
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