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5-year-old's battle with leukemia inspires support group in Siouxland


Most of us know someone who's fought a battle with cancer. It's often a long journey.

That's why people in our area are coming together to support those going through the struggle.

Jacey Jo has waited all winter for the weather to warm up so, she can ride her bike. It's been an especially long wait for this five year old.

"Usually I feel bad and I have some cramps," Jacey said.

Jacey was diagnosed with leukemia more than a year ago.

"She was completely anemic and bruising. She had a fat lip and she had lots of bruising and she was diagnosed on March 6," Jacey's Mother Toby Ball said.

She has one year of chemotherapy under her belt.

"It's like getting that butterfly in you," Jacey said

"Most of it is very painless, as getting the chemotherapy to her body, but it does have cramping. It does have a rapid heart rate, and it does have damage that is done to her heart and to her liver," Toby said.

Jacey's mom said her daughter's journey inspired her to help others. She helped start the Blood Cancer SUX Facebook group.

"There's people who had a grandparent, had a son, had a daughter, themselves been affected by it. We all just built a bond here in Siouxland," Ball said.

And Ball said the group is using their experiences to pay it forward by helping elderly people with blood cancer or organizing blood drives, which make a big difference to cancer patients like Jacey.

"[The blood] helps me feel better," Jacey said. 

Through it all, Jacey continues to run around, smile, and play, even though the battle isn't over.

"We've been very lucky and very blessed at this point in our journey, but we do actually have a long way to go before we can say Jacey has actually been cured from Leukemia," Ball said.

Jacey is in remission and she said she already knows that she wants to give back when she's older by becoming, "A doctor like mine because they help kids."

Jacey is inspiring and helping others through her own courage in the battle of her life.

She still has more than a year of chemotherapy left to go, but she said she's feeling great.

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