"Their story is definitely something everyone can learn from," says girlfriend Ayla's mom.
At 8 years old, David Spisak has found something most people spend a lifetime searching for: true love.
The second-grader was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 2 years old, and he's already had two transplants. But his cancer continues to return. When David received his fourth diagnosis last March, his parents decided to stop treatments that would keep their son isolated in the hospital, away from friends and family, and instead let the young boy enjoy a normal slice of life for as long as he could.
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So David started school in September, and that's where he met the love of his life. "In art class," he told KCTV News. "I told her I liked her and she just had a surprised face so we started dating."
His parents realized something was up when kids in his class sent home cards, and there were quite a few from a 7-year-old girl named Ayla. "She kinda looks like Snow White," David told them. "Actually, she is kinda like the real Snow White because she is so kind to everybody, especially me, because she loves me."
Sensing the importance of the connection between the kids, David's mom Amber Spisak reached out to Ayla's mom and they decided to set up a date. "She's definitely had an impact on his spirit, and I haven't seen this side of him in a long time," Spisak said. "Certainly at 8 years old, you don't think that they'll have a first love or a first kiss or a first date, and it was just something that I accepted wasn't going to happen. But it did."
They all arranged to meet at a bowling alley, where David presented Ayla with a teddy bear and roses, the two shared pizza, and Ayla pushed David around in his wheelchair and helped him bowl. David also got out of his wheelchair and walked for the first time in a month that night. "We were all so taken aback by their bond, their connection there," Spisak said. "They stayed together the entire time. His dad and I kept trying to stay close behind him to make sure he wouldn't fall, but he kept trying to be with her and taking her help. It was so natural, there was no hesitation from either one of them. They just wanted to be together."
"Their story is definitely something everyone can learn from," added Ayla's mom, Angela Andrews. "Just to love. Because that's what's important. At the end of every day that's what's important. Who loves you and who you love back."