10-year-old: 5 years and cancer free!

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - She's winning a battle against cancer, she's already raised thousands of dollars to fight the disease, and she's only 10 years old.

Gabrielle Spicer is celebrating the fact that she's been in remission for five years. Sunday, the Spicers held a special celebration where they spent the day thanking their family and friends.

"I remember going to school, and then getting my homework. And then going straight up to the hospital," said Gabrielle Spicer.

Gabrielle was diagnosed with lymphoma at only three years old.

"There were no symptoms leading up to it. She was fine one day, and the next day she stopped breathing," said her mother Sheri Spicer.

Her mother recalls the difficult time. But now, instead of doctors and treatments, Gabrielle is spending her time thanking those who gave her support.

"When you talk about someone who fought cancer, and then takes the fight back to cancer, she fights back against cancer everyday," said Dennis Warren, Executive Director of the American Cancer Society.

Liz Gaulke with the American Red Cross agrees.

"Oh, if blood donors think, 'oh, I don't really need to go give. My pint doesn't make a difference.' She is the prime example of just what it does. She's looking great and she's such an inspiration to all of us," Gaulke said.

It's been five years since Gabrielle's last chemotherapy treatment. The Spicers believe five years is more than enough reason to celebrate. That's why this ten year old is celebrating with the people she loves most.

"That just goes to show that the future is very bright for this young lady. She's learning early on that to give back truly is the meaning of winning, and that's what she's doing," Warren said.

In lieu of gifts at the party, Gabrielle Spicer accepted donations for The American Cancer Society, The Red Cross and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.