12-year-old Dallas girl forms Komen team for cancer-fighting mom




Posted on June 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

DALLAS -- One of the most difficult challenges for any cancer patient is telling their family members the diagnosis, especially when it comes to their children.

A Dallas woman whose doctors discovered she has an aggressive form of breast cancer told her three kids the bad news. Her daughter's response has been anything but negative.

Skylar Kaye is on a relentless mission.

"I've e-mailed. I've posted many things, I've texted," the 12-year-old girl said.

Skylar formed a team for the Susan G. Komen Plano Race for the Cure, being held this Saturday. Her motivation came from her mother, Tracy Kaye, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March.

"I immediately went into my fighter mode, and knew that I was just going to hit it head on, and be strong and be a fighter," Kaye said. "And my daughter picked up on that."

Skylar recruited 45 friends and family members to her "Team Tracy." So far, they've raised more than $12,000.

"She has a great positive attitude toward everything," Skylar said. "She's always been an inspiration to me."

Even her big brother, Spencer, is impressed at what Skylar has accomplished.

"It's pretty amazing," he said. "She has done almost all the work by herself."

Skylar's efforts have made her mother proud.

"I have just loved watching her," Tracy Kaye said. "It's made me smile. It's put me in a really good place."

The mother of three has started chemotherapy. She says the showing of love and support from Skylar and her team are another form of medicine that gives her hope.

"Hope really means the world, because once you're hopeful, you can't fail," she said.

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