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8-Year-Old Boy with Cancer Finds Love With 7-Year-Old Classmate


Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 1.31.23 PMWarning: you will cry.

8-year-old David Spisak Jr. of Chesapeake, Virginia is only in second grade, but he’s already had cancer four times. He was diagnosed with leukemia at 2, and has beaten cancer three times. By the fourth time, the suffering child had had enough, and he chose to end treatment. Doctors told him he had about four to six weeks to live.

If that’s not enough to make you get emotional, then wait until you hear how little David is choosing to spend his last weeks: in the company of 7-year-old Ayla, whom he calls his “girlfriend” and the love of his life.

David met Ayla in art class, and told her he had a crush on her. Even though his parents say “second grade is too early” to “encourage this type of thing,” it’s obvious that David is no ordinary second-grader. He’s faced more adversity in his eight short years than most of us have faced in a lifetime, or will face. And from the way this story sounds, it looks like he’s experienced more love than most people encounter in their whole lives, too.

In March, David was pulled out of school, but letters from Ayla arrived that showed how much she missed him. The parents of both children decided to arrange a date for the two kids. They took the pair bowling, where David appeared with a teddy bear and flowers for Ayla.

“That’s where we sort of put together that this was something more,” the Spisaks said. “He’s a typical boy, it really took us off guard; he said, ‘Actually, she’s kind of like the real Snow White because she’s so kind, especially to me because she loves me.’”

By the end of the date, David had gotten up from his wheelchair to bowl. “He was just so determined for her, he really pushed himself for her,” his mother said. They also shared a kiss, on the cheek, and the rest is history.

“We were all so taken aback by their bond, their connection there. No one else was allowed to touch him. They stayed together the entire time. His dad and I kept trying to stay close behind him to make sure he wouldn’t fall, but he kept trying to be with her and taking her help. It was so natural, there was no hesitation from neither one of them. They just wanted to be together.”

Both Ayla’s and David’s parents are supportive, especially since Ayla is fully aware of what will happen to David. It looks like they both want to spend as much time together as possible, and it’s obvious from their connection that children are capable of a lot of love.

David’s parents in particular are pleased, because otherwise, their son would miss out on a lot of the life they wanted for him, which was one of the most important reasons that they let him stop treatment. Being out of the hospital let David experience the best that life has to offer.

 “Once we realized that this wasn’t the typical elementary school crush, once we saw this heartfelt connection that they have, we were so happy that she came into his life and that he came to her life for some reason.

“We never thought he was going to ever experience this because his time is so limited, but we saw it and it’s real.”

As for David? When a reporter asked him how he knows he loves Ayla, he said, “I feel it in my heart.” Such a heartfelt, honest answer from a child who has experienced much in his life, and has suffered far too much than anyone ever should.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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