Usry battling leukemia

Lila Usry has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Lila Usry, daughter of Heather Usry and Jason Usry was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

"Heather is staying right there in the room with Lila," Usry’s grandmother Karen Copeland said. "Her sister Lila Miller, is there as well and is staying at the Ronald McDonald House. She is there to help Heather all she can."

Copeland said the family is still in shock at the diagnosis.

"She had some bruises that weren't going away and she felt like she might have a cold," Copeland said. "Lila is an active child who loves to run and play outdoors. Her father Jason was concerned with a large bruise that would not go away."

Ivy Ivey lives next door to Heather Usry and her children and she has started some ways for people to help the family financially.

"Right now the only thing the family is focused on is getting Lila well," Ivey said. "But even with insurance the medical bills will be astronomical. For everyone who wants to help ease the financial burden for the family, donations can be made at BancorpSouth, at youcaring.com #bebravelila, or you can buy Braveletes they are also #bebravelila.."

Ivey said there will be T-shirts available soon, and temporary tattoos that the proceeds will benefit the Usry family.

"My hope is to sustain the giving," Ivey said. "They are in this for the long haul. Lila will be in treatment in Minnesota for six months. That's a long time to be off work and away from home. This could have happened to anyone's child. So she is everyone's child. We need to be strong for Lila and help her and her family as much as we can."

Ivey said she talks to Heather every day and she wanted to express how appreciative Heather Usry is to everyone for their concern.

"A mother shouldn't have to worry about how she's going to pay for her child's care," Ivey said. "We as a community can show Heather and Lila how much we love them."

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