by Brian Heap
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
December 2, 2012
Baylee Banning is just like all the other kids in her kindergarten class. But on the inside, she's quite different. At just six months-old, Baylee had a large tumor under her right eye and six others on her body.
It was stage four cancer. Somehow she beat it. And she was fine until August when another rare tumor appeared. With her family at her bedside, doctors removed one of Baylee's ovaries to give her another chance at life.
"It's not alone that we can conquer anything," says her teacher, RobIn Criswell. "We have to do it as a team and that's kind of how team Baylee came about."
It's no coincidence all the kids in her class wear Baylee's favorite color. It's a Purple Power day at Maize Central Elementary. The whole school shows support for Baylee's Battle. Kids have collected mountains of soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald house. Other fundraisers have taught valuable lessons about helping others.
On Thursdays, Baylee gets regular chemo injections to fend off more cancer.
"She really enjoys Purple Power days. And just to wake up and know she's got that support, it keeps us going, honestly," says her mom, Brianne Banning.
"Baylee's very tough. She's tougher than her dad. I tell you that," adds dad Aaron Banning.
Baylee is now cancer-free for the second time. Her chemo treatments are described as "preventative" and scheduled to end in February.
As her dad says, "Normal would be awesome."
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