PALMYRA — Delaney Doyle is about to begin her third round of chemotherapy — she is only 4-months-old.
Diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare infancy cancer, Delaney’s fight began when she was just 15 days old. Parents, Kelly (Crowley) McMillin and Eric Doyle of Clifton Springs noticed Delaney’s belly seemed larger than normal. When morning came and the infant’s tummy had grown even more over night, Delaney was brought to her doctor’s and sent immediately to Strong Children’s Hospital.
“There is where this journey for Delaney began” Kelly’s sister, Carrie Giambra wrote on the website where they are hoping to raise over $80,000 for the cause.
Doctors found a tumor causing Delaney’s liver to swell. The 15-day-old infant needed a risky surgery to remove the tumor without damaging the liver. It took hours, but the surgery was successful. Unfortunately, the cancer had already spread to Delaney’s liver and chemotherapy was begun.
“Everyone asks and wonders the same — how is this sweet little 7-pound girl going to handle chemo?” Giambra wrote on the website. “The answer is simple: Delaney is a fighter. She is strong, she is brave ... she is a hero in so many ways!”
When Palmyra Moose Rider Mark Kremer heard little Delaney’s story, he knew they had to do something.
“We’ve been together for eight years,” Kremer said of the Palmyra Moose Riders, a motorcycle club affiliated with the Moose that raises funds for good causes, especially children. “We’ve raised thousands and thousands of dollars for the community. When we heard about this, we knew we had to step up and do something.”
Kremer said in learning about Delaney’s battle with cancer, he also learned about the child’s mother who has faced her own battles. The day Kelly learned she was pregnant with her first child, Michael, in 2002 her vehicle was struck by a drunk driver, and Kelly was faced with learning to walk again. Then 2003, Kelly’s first husband, Heath, died in Iraq. Kremer is certain those fighting genes run in the family, as Delaney faces a long road to recovery.
To help out, the Palmyra Moose Riders have planned a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to raise money for the Delaney and her family. The dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 starting at 4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge on Route 31 in Palmyra. Tickets are $8 per person and are available at the door or from any Moose Lodge or Moose Rider member. The night will include a live band, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live auction. Kremer said all of the proceeds will go to the Delaney Doyle's Cancer Fund set up through Clifton Springs Hospital.
To date, the Moose Riders have already raised about $900 for Delaney and her family through a cake wheel at the lodge and by passing the hat among lodge members.
Kremer said he is also raising money through the purchase of a baby footprint, marked “Delaney’s Fight,” available for resale for $1 at businesses throughout Palmyra. The idea got its start at Garlock, where he works, when the company agreed he could sell the footprints plant-wide.
Donations for Delaney may also be made by mail to the Palmyra Moose Lodge, c/o Palmyra Moose Riders, 3808 Route 31, Palmyra, NY 14522 and will be added the fundraising dinner proceeds and presented to Delaney’s cancer fund.