8-year-old cancer survivor participates in Bloomsday

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 8:49 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- One very special 8-year-old girl competed in Bloomsday Sunday. She has beat cancer twice and lost her legs in the process.

Kayla Wiggins’ grandparents tried to convince her to do the children's race Saturday but she said she wanted to do the real thing.

It was her very first Bloomsday. Along with the hours of preparations and a few butterflies, Doomsday Hill was in the back of her mind.

Alongside Wiggins for the start of the race was her aunt, Philippa Mayall. Mayall is a seasoned runner but she did not underestimate her neice.

“She can just run, you know. So I just need to make sure I’m fit enough to keep up with her,” Mayall said.

Mayall admitted that she had a sore knee and it almost kept her out of the race. If Wiggins could do it, so could she.

“She inspires me to do these things. She inspires me to overcome things that I think are difficult. But they’re not! When you watch Kayle none of it’s hard,” Mayall said.

Wiggins said she is already looking forward to next year’s race.  
 

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