Khloe Fryman sits in her momma’s lap with her face scrunched in a smile that makes her bright blue eyes disappear. She buries her face, then peeps up with a giggle that causes her Pebbles’ top knot to bobble. By all appearances, Khloe is no different than any other baby.
She turned one this month. Next month she will face another one-year anniversary -- the day she was diagnosed with cancer.
On July 23, 2008, the 6-week-old infant of Ella and Erik Fryman was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which presented in a tumor attached to her spine and grew into her abdomen.
After surgeries to remove the tumor and four rounds of chemotherapy, Khloe is cancer-free. However, because the surgeries were able to remove only 90 percent of the tumor, Ella said Khloe will always have a small portion of inactive tumor at the base of her spine. She will also remain paralyzed from waist down.
Ella finds comfort in the doctors’ diagnosis of Khloe’s cancer being a non-aggressive form of neuroblastoma, which is a long way from the lowest point in Khloe’s short life when the Frymans spent eight hours in the waiting room at UK’s Children’s Hospital while their infant was in surgery.
“We couldn’t do anything for her,” Ella said. “She was so sick and we could just watch.”
In contrast, Ella said she was home alone with Khloe and the Fryman’s now 4-year-old son Peyton when she received a telephone call from UK.
“Khloe is cancer free,” came the voice over the phone.
Relay for Life will be held at Ingles Stadium beginning with registration for survivors at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Cyn City Line Dancers will perform from 6-6:45 p.m. followed by the raising of the flag, prayer and survivor introductions. The survivor lap will begin at 7 p.m.
At 7:30 the Rainbow of Hope children’s parade will be held followed by Miss’ter Relay at 7:45.
A Relay favorite, Song in the Mountain, will perform at 8 p.m.
The annual live auction of baskets will begin at 9 p.m.
The annual luminary ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. with the quite memory lap at 11.
Games will kick off the midnight hour and Relay teams and team members continue to walk the track all night long.
This year’s co-chairpersons are again Paula Taylor and Kathy Brown.
See the complete story in this week's Cynthiana Democrat.