Wichita teen gets sendoff before cancer treatment in Kansas City | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A farewell for a queen! On Sunday, dozens of Wichitans gathered to wish a teen well.

Thirteen-year-old Amya Hood has been battling cancer for more than a year. On Sunday afternoon, she left for treatment at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City.

“I’m fine! I’m really happy to get this,” Amya said.

In June 2020, she was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia, a rare form of blood cell cancer.

“In the beginning, we spent 52 days in the hospital and flew to Colorado because one of the chemo drugs had damaged her liver and caused her pancreatitis,” explains Carolyn Lee, Amya’s mother.

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A year and a day later, she had a relapse.

“We’ve restarted a new chemo protocol,” Lee said. “Doctors came in and explained, however, that a bone marrow transplant would be her best option for a cure.”

Having found a perfect match, she heads to Kansas City to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

“I know she can do it, though, because she fought so hard to get out the first time,” Lee said.

Amya is sad to leave her sisters, including her twin sister, but hopes the transplant will lead to a cure.

“She’s barely been able to be a child for a few years now. It’s just all I want for her, and that’s what she wants,’ her mother said.

“Be strong and it’s not as hard as it seems, and there is always light at the end of the tunnel,” Amya said.

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Amya will receive her transplant on September 9.

She is expected to remain in the hospital for two and a half to three months.

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