Four-year-old and her family preparing to face tough road to healing

Landrie Lay is like any four-year-old girl, full of life and awe for a world so big, bright and new. Landrie’s mother and father, Lindsay and Christopher Lay and their family lovingly refer to her as “teencie.”

“How that happened, my husband nicknamed me ‘tiny,’ I’m very outgoing and Landrie came a month earlier. And we reacted, ‘she’s so teencie.’ She was born six pounds three ounces. That’s how it stuck,” said Lindsay

Lindsay is an RN and a Quinlan Independent School District graduate from Ford High School. Her husband Christopher graduated from Greenville Independent School District. Once the two met, their families blended together, with their children altogether under one roof and their daughter that they had together, Landrie.

“Landrie’s my last baby. Chris has two … we have two 16 years olds, a boy and a girl, he has a 14-year-old daughter and I have a 12-year-old daughter, and then we have the four year old together. It is a very blended family,” said Lindsay. “She [Landrie] is so funny. She has a great personality so we are hoping that sticks with her throughout this and sees the brighter side of this someday. How do you tell a four year old, ‘hey, you have cancer and pretty soon we’ll be in the hospital for a minimum of 45 to 60 days?’”

Landrie has given nothing but joy and happiness to the Lay family in spite of the challenges that led them to the hospital on numerous occasions.

“The first time she [Landrie] was hospitalized she was 17 months old. She had RSD [Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy] and pneumonia so she was really sick. A month later we were back in the hospital with flu and pneumonia again.”

Landrie consistently got sick. Lindsay knew something was very wrong and she continued to demand answers from medical professional after medical professional. They would later discover that she had Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a type of Bone Marrow Cancer, which are a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells.

For the Lay family, Nov. 9 was the day that everything changed, the day it was confirmed that she had MDS.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Gilligan’s Bar in West Tawakoni, a fundraiser event will be held to benefit Landrie. The family hopes to get as many people there to come and support the family and four-year-old Landrie. Lindsay and her family are grateful for the owners of the bar, Jill and Philip Hoedebeck.

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