7-year-old fights rare form of cancer

Adopted Child Cancer

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas -- The Davis' moved their family to a home in Van Alstyne because they simply needed more space. They live in an 8-bedroom farm home with plenty of room for pigs, chickens, and horses.

The noise you will hear on the outside of the home is matched only by the level of noise you hear inside.

"It could be like a heavenly choir to me," said Bobby Davis Sr.

Davis and his partner Fred Brown met 21 years ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together, they now have 16 children, 6 on their own and 10 adopted.

"If I could take every unloved unwanted kid in the state of Texas...I would," said Davis.

He and his partner Fred embraced ten kids from different backgrounds and different foster homes. Once school lets out the voices of their children fill their living room.

"There's never really a quiet moment....with all of it going on," said daughter Haeli Davis.

Bobby says there is always a lot going on. But for the last two weeks there has been one voice missing. Katelyn is their sweet 7-year- old who has been in the hospital.

"For such a small little girl with a meek little voice you hear her in the crowd," Davis said.
 
She was diagnosed last week on Saturday with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma. It is a type of cancer that affects children in their first 5 years of life. The family tells News 8 that Fred stays with her at the hospital.

"I wanted to see her smile again," said Davis who started, with the help of friends, a social media campaign to lift Katelyn's spirits. Bobby wanted "happy" cards delivered to the home so they could see their daughter's smile again. Within days news got around of that campaign and gifts and cards started pouring in.

"We're talking hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, he said. "There's no words to tell you how I'm feeling right now."

All the goodwill Katelyn has received fills up their entire dining room, including the walls.

"Every ten minutes opening and closing, theres always someone knocking on the door to drop off a package," said Haeli Davis.

Little Katelyn has many months of chemo to go. The hope is that she will be able to return home some time this week. In the Davis home when one hurts they all hurt.

"It's not the same without all my kids here," Davis said.

If you would also like to deliver a card you can send it to 772 Eagle Point Road, Van Alstyne, TX 75495.

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