TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- "It’s going to be OK"- that’s what six-year-old Karis Selk whispers in her mom’s ear. It's a testament to the little girl’s incredible spirit as she fights a devastating diagnosis.
"Karis was diagnosed last fall in November with High Risk Medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. They found three tumors in her brain and it has metastasized to her spine by the time it was diagnosed. Since then, she’s had two surgeries to remove the tumors that they could. And then they did two rounds of high dose chemo to try to shrink one of the tumors before the second surgery. She’s had 30 radiation treatments since then to her brain and spine," said her mom, Stephanie Selk. Karis has been attending school as much as possible.
Through it all, she has kept her faith.
When she visited WIBW's studios, she shared a message Jesus and Mary gave to her in her dreams.
"They said that they’ll be there every step of the way," Karis said.
And so will those that have been touched by Karis’ story.
Randolph Elementary where Karis and her sister are students and Eisenhower Middle School where their mom works are coming together to host a 5K race Friday in her honor. A silent auction was also recently held to benefit the Selks. For Karis' family, the outpouring of community support has helped them through this difficult time.
"The community has really reached out and that’s what has been seeing us through each step of the way. Everyone says we’re so strong but I feel that it’s through them that we remain strong and keep moving forward and keep praying for that good news around the corner," Stephanie Selk said.
"It’s amazing what people can do. It really is. Thank you," Kyle Selk, Karis' father, added.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Selk family to help with medical expenses as they continue traveling to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City for Karis’ treatments. Her mom says she is looking at another year of treatments.
It's a long road to recovery but the Selk family is dedicated to helping Karis overcome what they call an "ugly disease."
The 5K race will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at Eisenhower Middle School, 3305 S.E. Minnesota. Events will include the run/walk, raffle prizes and T-shirt sales.