David Spisak Jr. is a young boy from Chesapeake, VA who in his eight years has faced more trials than many people do in a lifetime. But now he has a special friend to help him get through it all–a young classmate named Ayla, who just might be his soulmate.
See, David was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2 years old. He battled and beat cancer three times, receiving two transplants and going through extensive chemotherapy, before getting yet another diagnosis this past March. This time, he and his family have decided to opt out of the grueling treatments, choosing instead to let him live out the rest of his short life outside of the hospital, enjoying friends, school, and fun activities–in other words, letting him be a kid.
“We just decided it was time to give him a childhood,” David’s mom, Amber Spisak, 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.”
And giving him “everything” has also turned out to mean welcoming the company of an unexpected friend who isn’t leaving his side: Ayla, his 7-year-old friend from school.
Ayla and David are just like many young school kids with crushes: They like laughing together, have gone bowling, and even shared a kiss on the cheek. In fact, David’s mom says Ayla has given him a chance at experiencing something he may never have gotten to in the limited time he has left.
“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,” she said.
Keep the tissues handy, and check out the remarkable connection between these two amazing kids.