California 4-year-old Leah has been battling a very rare blood disease since before she was born.
According to a GoFundMe page set up in her honor, her health odyssey began when she was diagnosed with severe congenital neutropenia. She survived septic shock, and was able to come home, but Leah's life has been spent in and out of hospitals. "She underwent a bone marrow transplant on February 7, 2014. She was 13 months old," her mom Lindsay Carroll writes, adding that two years later, "it has been determined she will need a 2nd transplant early next year."
Carroll will not be able to return to work for four to five months as she cares for her daughter. And this brave mama has the added responsibility of caring for Leah's two siblings.
Thankfully, more than $20,000 has been raised so far to help support Leah, whose spirit has seemingly not been dulled by her health problems. The proof that she's still able to enjoy just being a kid? Watch this Facebook video of Leah throwing down with a spirited karaoke sesh, which has been viewed 25 million times!
That little shoulder shake is too cute! And Leah really gets into it! But more than anything, how amazing is it that a little girl who has faced so much adversity in her life can still find joy? I'm sure I speak for viewers everywhere when I saw I am beyond touched by this video.
Go to the family's GoFundMe page to learn more and get updates about Leah.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her onFacebookwhere she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.