NC girl battles an aggressive form of bone cancer

Six-year-old Leigha Davenport was diagnosed with bone cancer in August. What doctors initially thought were growing pains turned out to be much more.

REIDSVILLE, NC — Six-year-old Leigha Davenport of Reidsville likes to stay active. Whether that’s tinkering or playing with her Baby Yoda.

“She has a lot of hidden talents here and there,” said Mother Millinda Davenport. “Last night, Leigha told me she’s interested in opening a restaurant. She wants to be a cook.”

Some days, Leigha just wants to rest. Her mother said the family noticed a change in her daughter’s behavior over the summer.

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“Because it’s summer, we’re like Leigha, ‘Why don’t you play outside?'” said Davenport. “Why don’t you go out and play?” She kept saying, well, my leg hurt, but we didn’t notice anything physical.”

Davenport said she eventually took her daughter to the doctor. She said she’d been told it was just growing pains, but on July 4 she knew something was wrong.

“We noticed that Leigha was really starting to limp and not really enjoying it,” said Davenport. “You could tell she wanted to catch up and play with the other kids, but she just couldn’t.”

The family went back to the hospital. Then doctors confirmed that Leigha had osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is an aggressive form of bone cancer. Now she is undergoing chemo and will be confined to a wheelchair for the next nine to 12 months.

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“I’d say it literally sees your heartbreak over and over, and you don’t know what to do to fix that,” Davenport said.

Davenport hopes her daughter’s story can be a light for other families.

“Watch your kids,” Davenport said. “It may not be cancer, but it’s not just growing pains.”

The family has a GoFundMe to help with Leigha’s medical expenses.

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