CENTERVILLE, Utah — An 8-year-old girl in Utah has been diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer.
“It was about the middle of October she came to us with a lump on her chest and was scared,” Troy Turner, Chrissy’s father, told CNN affiliate KTVX.
Chrissy Turner, 8, was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer called secretory carcinoma. The cancer is so rare that no specialist across the country had ever seen it in a child, according to Chrissy’s GoFundMe page.
Chrissy is scheduled to have a mastectomy at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in early December.
This isn’t the first time the Turner’s have faced such a serious illness — both of Chrissy’s parents are cancer survivors.
Her mother, Annette Turner, battled cervical cancer, and her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma shortly after Chrissy was born.
“She was our therapy when he was going through chemotherapy. She was always making us laugh and she’s got the wit of someone far beyond her age,” Annette Turner told KTVX.
Friends of the family have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for medical bills and the family also set up a Facebook page to track their daughter’s journey.
“I was scared the first time that I knew about it, but I knew, I knew that I could fight it off and I hope that I can fight it off,” the girl told KTVX.