CENTERVILLE (ABC4 Utah News) - The Turner family has dealt with cancer before but never anything like this. Troy and Annette Turner recently found out that their 8-year-old daughter Chrissy has breast cancer.
On a recent Friday afternoon Troy, Annette and 16-year-old sister Brianna watched Chrissy as she created her latest work of art, a drawing of a dragon she calls "Toothless"
"I like drawing and coloring," Chrissy said.
The Centerville Elementary third grader has the enthusiasm and smile of a child but sadly also a condition usually associated with grown women.
"It was about the middle of October she came to us with a lump on her chest and was scared," Troy Turner said.
A series of tests produced a result almost beyond comprehension.
"It is a very rare form of breast cancer," Annette said. "It's called Secretory Carcinoma. Only 1 in one million are diagnosed and she is the youngest that they've run acrossed having this particular type of breast cancer...I broke down. It's a struggle every day worrying about my family, about my husband and now my baby girl."
The Turners have been in similar situations before. Annette, a personal trainer and holistic life coach, is a cervical cancer survivor and Troy, a Desert Storm veteran who works at Hill Air Force Base, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's ymphoma when Chrissy was just a baby.
"She was our therapy when he was going through chemotherapy," Annette said. "She was always making us laugh and she's got the wit of someone far beyond her age."
Chrissy and her parents know that she has a difficult battle ahead of her. It will start at the Huntsman Cancer Institute where she will undergo a mastectomy.
"I was scared the first time that I knew about it," Chrissy said. "But I knew that I could fight it off and I hope that I can fight it off."
"You can do this," Annette assured her.
Friends of the family have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for medical bills while the Turners vow to stay strong for Chrissy.
"We're just going to keep fighting," Annette said. "Doing everything we can to smile every day and laugh every day and carry our head high and do our best to overcome this."
For more information on Chrissy's fight against cancer, go to https://www.facebook.com/ChrissysAlliance.
To donate to the Turners, go to https://www.gofundme.com/chrissysalliance.
Chrissy's story will be featured on GMA Tuesday, November 24, 2015 between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM.
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