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.”