Since the age of 2 , 8 year old David Spisak has been undergoing treatments for cancer since the age of 2.
Now, as he has his fourth cancer diagnosis, his parents say they’re seeing a side of their son they haven’t seen in a long time and it’s all thanks to a special little lady friend.
David’s spirits have been lifted because he’s in love with his 2nd grade girlfriend.
“Certainly at 8 years old, you don’t think that they’ll have a first love or a first kiss or a first date, and it was just something that I accepted wasn’t going to happen,” David’s mom, Amber Spisak, told WTKR. “But it did.”
The Chesapeake, Virginia, boy was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2 years old. After undergoing extensive chemotherapy and receiving two transplants, David beat cancer three times. Then, in March, his cancer returned.
Another round of treatment would mean more time spent in the hospital, isolated from friends and family while offering no guarantee that David’s cancer would not return for a fifth time. Without any new options, David’s parents made the decision to stop treatments and let David live a normal life away from hospitals and painful procedures.
“We just decided it was time to give him a childhood,” Amber told ABC News. “If the outcome was going to be the same, if he was going to continue to get cancer, we decided that if he wasn’t going to win, that we would give him everything right now.”
In a post on Facebook, Amber explained, in part, “It is sad that anybody should comment on something like this without knowing our son, his story or his battles…If there were actual treatment choices out there that we or his massive crew of medical staff from over the last six years thought was the answer, is it realistic we’d rather lose our son?”
Doctors told the family that without treatment, David would only live four to six weeks, but after several months, David began to look better. His parents let him go back to school to start second grade in September – then cupid stepped in.
His mother told WTKR she knew he had a “crush” on Ayla, a 7-year-old girl from his class, but she had no idea how serious it would become.
“In art class, I told her I liked her and she just had a surprised face so we started dating,” David told the news station.
When David became too sick to continue attending school, his classmates sent him letters. His parents found multiple letters from Ayla saying she loved him and notes from his classmates about how much Ayla was missing him.
“That’s where we sort of put together that this was something more,” Amber told ABC News. “He’s a typical boy, it really took us off guard; he said, ‘Actually, she’s kind of like the real Snow White because she’s so kind, especially to me because she loves me.’ ”
David’s mom reached out to Ayla’s mom to plan a date. Once he had her parents’ approval, David called Ayla and invited her to go bowling.
David brought Ayla a teddy bear and roses, and she pushed him around in his wheelchair, helped him bowl and shared pizza with him.
“She’s definitely had an impact on his spirit, and I haven’t seen this side of him in a long time,” Amber told the news station.
She added, “The best part was watching the way they just needed to be close to each other and their conversation never got shy or quiet. That was all they needed to be happy.”
By the end of the night, David had experienced his first date and his first kiss (on the cheek!) and even stood up from his wheelchair and walked for the first time in a month.
“He was just so determined for her, he really pushed himself for her,” Amber told ABC News. “Once we realized that this wasn’t the typical elementary school crush, once we saw this heartfelt connection that they have, we were so happy that she came into his life and that he came to her life for some reason.”