Kids with Courage: Little girl from Pryor bravely battles rare childhood cancer

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PRYOR, Okla. - Just because you are young, does not mean you are not brave.

A four-year-old girl from Pryor, named Ashlyn, is proving it every day.

Faith runs deep in Ashlyn's family. Her dad, Eric, is a pastor at Pryor Creek Baptist Church.

When Eric and Ashlyn's mom Goldie are not tending to their flock at church, they are busy raising ten children.

The family's faith now carrying them through one of their most challenging times.

It all started last fall when Ashlyn complained of pain in her stomach.

"When he went to hug her, she said, 'oh, that hurts," Ashlyn's mom Goldie said..

Ashlyn's mom says she lifted the little girl's shirt, and felt a lump on her stomach.

Concerned, they rushed their daughter to the hospital.

"They did a cat scan and they quickly knew that she had a massive tumor", says Eric.

The family was sent to the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer where Ashlyn was diagnosed with a rare childhood kidney cancer.

"We recognized that she had a very aggressive case," says Dr. William Meyer who leads the team of specialists caring for Ashlyn.

Join Marianne Rafferty Monday at 5 p.m. for more on Ashlyn's diagnosis and treatment, plus her continuing road to recovery.